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Should you cuddle dictators?

For all his talk, is Barack Obama merely perpetuating George W Bush’s foreign policy? Has a softened approach to Iran yielded any benefits whatsoever for America? Was scrapping the European missile defence shield a major strategic blunder?

All are questions to which answers might be expected at an Intelligence Squared debate with the motion: “Obama’s foreign policy is a gift to America’s enemies.” Instead, though, a bestiary of left and right-wingers spent the evening slugging it out over generalities,…

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