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Is Obama Too Thoughtful for His Own Good?

In today’s complex, tumultuous world of global affairs, perhaps nuance and patience aren’t assets for an American president.

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Ambitious or ambivalent? Patient or plodding? Disingenuous or defensive? A close look at the intellectual inspiration of Barack Obama, America’s 44th president — and how his worldview has impacted the world.

This week on The E.R., Foreign Policy’s David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, and Kori Schake take a deep dive into the Rorschach-test president and the psyche behind the Obama doctrine with Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic, inspired by Goldberg’s recent series of interviews with the president.

Rosa Brooks is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and teaches international law, national security, and constitutional law at Georgetown University. Follow her on Twitter: @brooks_rosa.

Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for the Atlantic. Follow him on Twitter: @JeffreyGoldberg.

Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where she focuses on military history, and is a former foreign-policy advisor to Sen. John McCain. Follow her on Twitter at: @KoriSchake.

David Rothkopf is the CEO and editor of the FP Group. Follow him on Twitter at: @djrothkopf.

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