go to top
U.S. President Barack Obama waves from the doorway of Air Force One, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., May 4, 2015 (AP photo by Cliff Owen).

In Final Two Years, Is Obama Ready to Go Transformational?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Editor’s note: This will be Nikolas Gvosdev’s final “Realist Prism” column at World Politics Review. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Nick for the sharply reasoned and rigorous analysis he has offered WPR readers each week for the past six years, as well as for the support he has shown for WPR over that time. We wish him continued success.

In November 2008, in my first article for World Politics Review, I asked whether the newly elected U.S. President Barack Obama would govern more as a Wilsonian idealist or as a progressive realist when it came to the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. Six and a half years later, I realize that this was the wrong question to pose. ...

Want to Read the Rest?
Login or Subscribe Today.
Get unlimited access to must-read news, analysis and opinion from top experts. Subscribe to World Politics Review and you'll receive instant access to 9,000+ articles in the World Politics Review Library, along with new comprehensive analysis every weekday . . . written by leading topic experts.

YES, I want to subscribe now.