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So, what’s the big plan?

One year on, Obama's foreign policy seems to be vacillating—allies both at home and abroad are proving uncooperative

By Philip Bobbitt   November 2009

ABOVE: Obama and Chinese president Hu Jintao A year is a short time, and the problems of foreign policy that the Obama administration has inherited are both chronic and acute. They did not develop over months, but decades, and it is absurd to think that they will be solved in such little time. Three observations can be made, however, even at this early juncture. First, Obama has taken up a number of obvious initiatives, grasped them quickly and made them his own. Second, he has made excellent appointments. And third, his initial energy appears to have outrun the administration’s…

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