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By Martin S. Indyk, Kenneth G. Lieberthal, Michael E. O'Hanlon

ISBN-10: 0815721838

ISBN-13: 9780815721833

How good has Barack Obama performed his tasks as U.S. commander-in-chief, best diplomat, and grand strategist? He has been not able to alter the weather of Washington, and monetary problems have ruled the 1st years of his presidency. yet his better good fortune or failure will most probably hinge as a lot on overseas coverage. In Bending History, a trio of well known overseas coverage specialists illuminates the grand promise and the good contradictions of a brand new president who has captured the eye and mind's eye of voters world wide like few of his White condominium predecessors.

Conflicting caricatures of Obama omit the mark. the fitting mostly believes he's a naive apologist attempting to quash "American exceptionalism," or at top making an attempt too tough to fulfill the calls for of his Democratic celebration. Conversely, whereas many at the Left nonetheless see him as a transformational political determine, the nice antidote to George Bush's unilateralist militarism, others think he's an accommodationist who lacks the nerve to finish the excesses of Bush antiterror rules. now not unusually, Obama is considerably extra advanced and nuanced than any of those pictures allows.

Bending History argues that Obama so far has, particularly, been a international coverage pragmatist, tackling one factor at a time in a considerate means. On stability he has been efficient and stable, picking out moderate regulations (or least-worst recommendations, not less than) with an method typified through thoroughness, kind of stable teamwork, and suppleness whilst needed.

The professional authors objective to give the 1st critical book-length appraisal of Obama's international coverage. they're Martin Indyk, a diplomat with nice adventure within the risky zone that has visible nearly incredible political swap in 2011 (the heart East); Kenneth Lieberthal, an oft-quoted authority at the historical upward push and political economic system of China; and Michael O'Hanlon, an entire analyst of nationwide protection coverage, fairly the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. With equity and class, the authors combination their very own services with entry to significant army and diplomatic avid gamers at best degrees of the management. They locate little strategic coherence in a international coverage that's impressive often for its person tasks instead of unifying topics, regardless of what the character of Barack Obama himself represents symbolically and rhetorically.

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Still, along the way, one can discern some promising signs of change in the global order: some G-20 coordinated action to deal with the global economic crisis; UN Security Council Resolution 1973, which mandated the use of all necessary means to protect the people of Libya; and Russian and Chinese support for sanctions on Iran. Part of this mixed record can be attributed to the degree of difficulty involved in reordering the world in the aftermath of a global economic crisis widely viewed as “made in America,” compounded by a deeply polarized political environment in Washington that diverted the president’s attention and constrained some high-priority foreign policy initiatives, such as that on climate change.

Domestic cap-and-trade system to limit future greenhouse gas emissions. S. reductions as American firms shifted production to the PRC to reap the regulatory advantages there. The bottom line: without comparable Chinese measures, a cap-and-trade system in the United States would cost American jobs and not reduce overall global greenhouse gas emissions. 27 In the months leading up to the Copenhagen summit, Beijing, among other concerns, lacked confidence that the Obama energy legislation would pass the Senate.

Judged by the standard of protecting American interests, it has so far worked out reasonably well; judged by the standard of fulfilling his vision of a new global order, it unsurprisingly remains very much a work in progress. S. troops in Afghanistan. -Pakistan relations, Mexico awash in drugs and violence, America’s standing in the Muslim world as low as in Bush’s time, and major setbacks on combating climate change. Still, along the way, one can discern some promising signs of change in the global order: some G-20 coordinated action to deal with the global economic crisis; UN Security Council Resolution 1973, which mandated the use of all necessary means to protect the people of Libya; and Russian and Chinese support for sanctions on Iran.

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