Why 2015 Was a Good Year for Obama’s Foreign Policy Legacy

President Barack Obama at a news conference in the briefing room at the White House, Washington, Dec. 18, 2015 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).
President Barack Obama at a news conference in the briefing room at the White House, Washington, Dec. 18, 2015 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).
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For a presidential lame duck, Barack Obama had a pretty good year in 2015, and nowhere more so than on foreign policy. The historic, multilateral deal with Iran to limit and ensure transparent oversight of its nuclear fuel enrichment program was the president’s highpoint, the culmination of a six-year strategy to isolate Iran, diplomatically and economically, and force the country to the table to negotiate. The agreement provides a huge boost to global nonproliferation efforts and represents the realization of Obama’s oft-stated goal to dramatically reduce the threat of nuclear weapons. The Iran nuclear agreement, however, may in time be […]

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