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The Obama Doctrine: A Rational Foreign Policy

Obama’s recent interview with The New York Times, clarifies his administration’s “Obama 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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ISIS: No Good Options

Embracing the responsibility of global leadership, Barack Obama has pledged U.S. leadership in the fight against ISIS. The road elected to eradicate ISIS will not be easy, and the United States has few good options. Continue reading

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Russia and Crimea: International Law and Sovereignty

When Barack Obama characterized Russia’s behavior as a “violation of international law,” his words were not strictly true. Obama was referring to the official United States policy that Russia’s military intervention and protectionist presence within the Crimea region transgressed the … Continue reading

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