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President Obama: The one-year review

It seems that no one can resist the temptation to opine on the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s election. Shadow Government is no exception. In coming posts, Shadow Gov bloggers will answer any or all of four key questions: What, if anything, has surprised about Obama’s foreign policy since the election? What one thing should ...

By , a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University.
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It seems that no one can resist the temptation to opine on the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s election. Shadow Government is no exception. In coming posts, Shadow Gov bloggers will answer any or all of four key questions:

  • What, if anything, has surprised about Obama’s foreign policy since the election?
  • What one thing should be singled out for praise?
  • What one thing should be singled out for constructive criticism?
  • What prediction, if any, about where we might be 1 year from now?

In blogoyears, it has seemed like a lifetime since President Obama culminated his historic campaign with a decisive victory. But in reality, it was only a year ago. Imagine a latter-day Rip Van Winkle who went to sleep hung-over from the election night festivities and waking up to reality today. What would strike him about President Obama’s foreign policy? Here are our answers…

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Peter D. Feaver is a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University, where he directs the Program in American Grand Strategy.

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