Obama's Inheritance: George Bush's Legacy in Foreign Policy


Obama's Inheritance: George Bush's Legacy in Foreign Policy

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When Barack Obama ran for president, he rejected President George Bush's foreign policy and stressed his new approach. As president, though, Mr. Obama has mixed a new approach -- engagement, outreach, and new approaches to proliferation -- with many of Mr. Bush's approaches, including fighting al Qaeda and the Taliban. Fifteen months into the Obama presidency, navigating the Bush legacy has sometimes outraged the left, triggered the right to declare that America has been weakened, and presented challenges for allies. David Sanger, the chief Washington correspondent of the New York Times and author of the best-seller, The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power, navigated the sometimes conflicting currents of the new administration. This event had commentary by former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, and was moderated by Professor Lawrence R. Jacobs. David E. Sanger is the chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times. A 1982 graduate of Harvard College, Sanger has been writing for the Times for over 26 years covering foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation, and the presidency. He has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize and has been awarded numerous honors for national security and foreign policy coverage. His first book, The Inheritance:The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power (Harmony, 2009), was a best-seller.

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Jacobs, Lawrence R. (2010). Obama's Inheritance: George Bush's Legacy in Foreign Policy. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/217633.

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