U.S. Grand Strategy for a Time of Transformation

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in the East Room of the White House in Washington, May 7, 2015 (AP photo by Jacquelyn Martin).
U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in the East Room of the White House in Washington, May 7, 2015 (AP photo by Jacquelyn Martin).

With no more elections to contest and no hope of cooperation from a Republican-controlled Congress, U.S. President Barack Obama enters his lame-duck period in office liberated from the domestic political considerations that might have constrained his foreign policy to date. As Nikolas Gvosdev suggested in his WPR column yesterday, Obama seems poised to “go transformational.” To get a sense of what that transformation might or should look like, it helps first to understand what he has tried so far. As Gvosdev noted, Obama’s first term was marked by policy tensions between the irreconcilable positions held by rival factions of his […]

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