Foreign Affairs (September/October 2015)

Obama's World

What Obama 
Gets correct: retain Calm and hold the Liberal Order On
Gideon Rose

What Obama 
Gets improper: No Retreat, No Surrender
Bret Stephens

Obama and the center East: Rightsizing the U.S. Role
Marc Lynch

Obama and Asia: Confronting the China Challenge
Thomas J. Christensen

Obama and Europe: ignored indications, Renewed Commitments
Anne Applebaum

Obama and Latin the USA: A Promising Day within the Neighborhood
Michael Reid

Obama and Africa: plenty of desire, now not a lot Change
Nicolas van de Walle

Obama and Terrorism: love it or no longer, the struggle is going On
Jessica Stern

The student as Secretary: a talk With 
Ashton Carter


Ebola’s classes: How the WHO Mishandled the Crisis
Laurie Garrett

Restoring America’s power: My imaginative and prescient for U.S. international Policy
Marco Rubio

City Century: Why Municipalities Are the major to combating weather Change
Michael Bloomberg

Withholding Judgment: Why U.S. Courts Shouldn’t Make 
Foreign Policy
José A. Cabranes

The that means of Kissinger: A Realist Reconsidered
Niall Ferguson

Autopsy of a Cambodian Election: How Hun Sen Rules
Stéphanie Giry

An Unworthy best friend: Time for Washington to chop Pakistan Loose
C. Christine reasonable and Sumit Ganguly

Review Essays

Bean Counters to the Rescue: Can Accounting shop Capitalism From Itself?
Diane Coyle

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September/October 2015 19 Marc Lynch Beyond resolving old wars, Obama resisted efforts to drag the United States into new wars. S. military commitment can favorably resolve the region’s conflicts. This is why he, for years, kept the United States out of Syria’s quagmire, except for reportedly providing covert support for rebel groups, despite immense pressure to do otherwise—an enormously wise decision that the interventionist policy community will likely never forgive. THE IRANIAN PRIORITY Obama’s nuclear diplomacy with Iran is a textbook example of a successfully conceived and implemented foreign policy: priorities outlined, resources allocated, outcome achieved.

The repeated attempts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace seemed quixotic in the face of a hostile Israeli government and a fractured Palestinian polity, but either success or failure would finally free Washington from a process that had consumed astonishing amounts of diplomatic time and attention for more than two decades. Similarly, a nuclear agreement with Iran would not only resolve a primary national security challenge without war but also finally allow Washington to pivot away from that issue to others, within and outside the region, that had been subordinated for over a decade.

S. and European efforts to move against the Assad regime in Syria. Later, in Ukraine, China focused more on foreign support for the Euromaidan revolution in Kiev than on the Russian intervention, and China opposed sanctions against Russia after its annexation of Crimea. In short, any time the Obama administration has seemed to embrace a policy of regime change as heartily as the first-term Bush administration did, China has stopped supporting multilateral responses to regional and civil conflicts and pulled back to its earlier aloofness.

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