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The Resource Bending history : Barack Obama's foreign policy, Martin S. Indyk, Kenneth G. Lieberthal, Michael E. O'Hanlon

Bending history : Barack Obama's foreign policy, Martin S. Indyk, Kenneth G. Lieberthal, Michael E. O'Hanlon

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Bending history : Barack Obama's foreign policy
Title
Bending history
Title remainder
Barack Obama's foreign policy
Statement of responsibility
Martin S. Indyk, Kenneth G. Lieberthal, Michael E. O'Hanlon
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Examines first years of the Obama presidency and effects on American foreign policy, including the U.S. relationships with China and Pakistan, war in Afghanistan and withdrawal from Iraq, movement toward Middle East peace, response to the Arab Spring, agendas involving energy, climate, and weak states, and approaches to rogue states"--Provided by publisher
  • "How well has Barack Obama carried out his duties as U.S. commander-in-chief, top diplomat, and grand strategist? He has been unable to change the climate of Washington, and economic difficulties have dominated the first two years of his presidency. But his larger success or failure will likely hinge as much on foreign policy. In Bending History, a trio of renowned foreign policy experts illuminates the grand promise and the great contradictions of a new president who has captured the attention and imagination of citizens around the world unlike few of his White House predecessors. Conflicting caricatures of Obama miss the mark. The Right largely believes he is a naïve apologist trying to quash 'American exceptionalism, ' or at best trying too hard to meet the demands of his Democratic Party. Conversely, while many on the Left still see him as a transformational political figure, the great antidote to George Bush's unilateralist militarism, others believe he is an accommodationist who lacks the nerve to end the excesses of Bush antiterror policies. Not surprisingly, Obama is substantially more complicated and nuanced than any of these images allows. Bending History argues that Obama thus far has, above all, been a foreign policy pragmatist, tackling one issue at a time in a thoughtful way. On balance he has been competent and solid, choosing reasonable policies (or least-worst options, at least) with an approach typified by thoroughness, reasonably good teamwork, and flexibility when needed. The seasoned authors aim to present the first serious book-length appraisal of Obama's foreign policy. They are Martin Indyk, a diplomat with great experience in the volatile region that has seen almost unimaginable political change in 2011 (the Middle East); Kenneth Lieberthal, an oft-quoted authority on the historic rise and political economy of China; and Michael O'Hanlon, an accomplished analyst of national security policy, particularly the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. With fairness and sophistication, the authors blend their own expertise with access to major military and diplomatic players at top levels of the administration. They find little strategic coherence in a foreign policy that is notable mostly for its individual initiatives rather than unifying themes, despite what the persona of Barack Obama himself represents symbolically and rhetorically"--Provided by publisher
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Indyk, Martin
Dewey number
973.932
Index
index present
LC call number
E907
LC item number
.I53 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Lieberthal, Kenneth
  • O'Hanlon, Michael E
Series statement
Brookings focus book
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Obama, Barack
  • Political leadership
  • National security
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Bending history : Barack Obama's foreign policy, Martin S. Indyk, Kenneth G. Lieberthal, Michael E. O'Hanlon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-330) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Emerging power : China -- War, counterterrorism, and homeland protection -- Middle East peacemaking -- The Arab awakenings -- The rogue states -- The "soft security" agenda : energy, climate, and weak states -- The arc of history is long
Control code
729346525
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 342 pages
Isbn
9780815721826
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012001924
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)729346525
Label
Bending history : Barack Obama's foreign policy, Martin S. Indyk, Kenneth G. Lieberthal, Michael E. O'Hanlon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-330) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Emerging power : China -- War, counterterrorism, and homeland protection -- Middle East peacemaking -- The Arab awakenings -- The rogue states -- The "soft security" agenda : energy, climate, and weak states -- The arc of history is long
Control code
729346525
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 342 pages
Isbn
9780815721826
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012001924
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)729346525

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