David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Bob Kagan, and Kori Schake debate who's been the world's most effective head of state since Barack Obama took office. Spoiler alert: It doesn't help to be a good guy.
- By David RothkopfDavid Rothkopf is visiting professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His latest book is The Great Questions of Tomorrow. He has been a longtime contributor to Foreign Policy and was CEO and editor of the FP Group from 2012 to May 2017.
Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009 — from Afghanistan to Iraq, from Greece to Ukraine — wars, crises, and upheaval have rewritten the geopolitical pecking order. In this special edition of The E.R. podcast, our panel asks who has been the biggest winner of them all, the most successful leader in the world since 2008. Hint: Angela Merkel scored well, but still finished fourth.
Robert Kagan is a historian, best-selling author, and columnist at the Washington Post. He is also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
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