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Tom's article for World Politics Review

The Obama Presidency: A Grand Strategy Agenda

As far as foreign policy goes, Barack Obama comes to the presidency totally unburdened by his past (this is truly his first act in the international political theater) and unusually credentialed as a presumed agent of future change (e.g., his biracial background alone), so he's a relatively free agent, ideologically speaking.

That's a huge asset as he follows the highly ideological Bush-Cheney administration, because he encounters a world of labeled players, most of whom are eager to come in from whatever "cold" standing vis-a-vis the United States that their current designation implies. That doesn't mean these regimes necessarily seek our affinity but merely the cessation of our efforts to isolate them from globalization's networks. With a global recession in the works, everybody wants access to consumption demand -- the real power in the system -- and America's still got more of that than anybody else.

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Reader Comments (3)

Fully agree with this posting. In the case, at least for a while, the medium (OBAMA) is the message--paraphrasing Marshal McCluan.
November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam R. Cumming
I'll give him some slack, at least for a while.

But that definition "free agent" also sounds a bit unpredictable, a lot like a "loose cannon" or dare I say a "free radical."

So, for now lets just say [Yes; Ice-Man, 'he' is dangerous...], to whom is yet to be decided.
November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Langland
Dr. Barnett I contributed to your news letter in 2005 and have a request. Can you recommend any specific articles or books that are interesting in relation to your discussion regarding using the model of US historical western expansion in the context of security, investment and political connectivity.
November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher Zurcher

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