Obama the Realist vs. Obama the Idealist

To follow up a bit on Barack Obama’s Berlin speech, Nikolas Gvosdev flags something that caught my eye as well: [Obama] lays out an ambitious agenda for cooperation, including on dealing with climate change, but no real sense of the burden sharing and, more importantly, on leadership questions. Is the implication that U.S. and European positions will naturally converge? Or does this presage that an Obama administration would be more comfortable accepting European initatives. . .? Here’s the passage in question from the speech (transcript here): . . .True partnership and true progress requires constant work and sustained sacrifice. They […]

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