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The Realist Prism: Obama's Caretaker Presidency

Nikolas Gvosdev Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

Over the next several weeks, the parameters of President Barack Obama’s second-term national security and foreign policy team will begin to take shape. Both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta are expected to tender their resignations and retire from the administration. The new occupants of these posts, in turn, will change the composition of both departments through their appointments to senior policy positions. There has also been talk about a shake-up in the White House staff, as the president gears up to meet the challenges that were deferred or ignored due to the exigencies of the election campaign.

However, the election results have already given us some indications of the dynamics that will be helping to shape policy in the coming months. ...

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