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Obama: Wilsonian Idealist or Progressive Realist?

Monday, Nov. 10, 2008

How is President-elect Barack Obama planning to shape the foreign policy of his administration? Is he a Wilsonian idealist? A progressive realist? Some mix of the two? How Obama will define his foreign policy still remains somewhat of a mystery.

Between now and when he actually begins his term of office, I expect that his rhetoric about U.S. foreign policy and America's place in the world will become more expansive and lyrical. After all, this is to be expected. American chief executives traditionally use the post-election period, culminating in the Inaugural Address, as a time to appeal to our loftiest ideals and sentiments -- especially the belief in the chosen mission of the Republic to advance universal ideals of freedom across the globe. ...

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