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The Obama administration’s misadventures in foreign policy

Former US foreign policy advisor Samantha Power reflects on her early idealism on a new memoir—and why it has hardened with time

At the height of the Bosnian War—and the height of American government indifference to it—four US diplomats resigned in protest. It was, notes Samantha Power in her new memoir The Education of an Idealist, “the largest wave of resignations over US policy in State Department history.”

Power was then a young reporter in Sarajevo, sending back dispatches on ethnic cleansing and massacres. Watching…

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