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Barack Obama Was a Foreign-Policy Failure

| Jan. 18, 2017

The 44th president of the United States promised to bring change but mostly drove the country deeper into a ditch.

I began writing this column (originally in the form of a blog) in 2009, at the very beginning of Barack Obama's presidency. His election filled me with both hope and trepidation: I admired his eloquence and visible intelligence, and I shared some of his foreign-policy instincts, but my early columns also expressed misgivings about his overly ambitious foreign-policy agenda.

Now, in his final week in office, it's only natural to take a look back and offer an assessment. And when it comes to foreign policy, I regret to say my verdict is not particularly favorable....

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For Academic Citation: Walt, Stephen M..“Barack Obama Was a Foreign-Policy Failure.” Foreign Policy, January 18, 2017.

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Stephen Walt