Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Obama Doctrine: A Rational Foreign Policy

Obama’s recent interview with The New York Times, clarifies his administration’s ÔÇťObama Doctrine.”, The interview reveals that contrary to the claims of some pundits, the administration is pursuing a rational foreign policy strategy aimed at bolstering U.S. interests both at home and abroad. Furthermore, the point of contention lies in a difference of core beliefs about the state of the international system. In this article, I argue that the underpinnings of the Obama Doctrine rests on three core assumptions: 1) the poor bilateral relationships also off the possibility of at least one other better equilibrium outcome 2) The United States is strong enough to withstand small defections by other sovereign actors 3) poor bilateral relationships pose a serious threat to U.S. interests. Continue reading

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