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FOREIGN AFFAIRS


While the nation's foreign affairs are chiefly administered by the State Department, American presidents, for all intents and purposes, are the primary authors of our national foreign policy.

Apart from their role as the commander in chief, an American president has the executive and moral authority to shape the direction the country takes in managing its international relationship with foreign states and non-state actors involving a myriad of issues, including, security, trade, environment, immigration, culture and ideology.

The United States' has assumed a central role in the world stage since the middle of the last century. However, observers foresee an increasingly larger American presence in the 21st century. As the sole remaining superpower in the world, the United States must balance its own political and economic interest against the other nations of the world. In the mix are its former cold war rival, Russia, the emerging Asian giants, China and India, the old countries of Europe, Iran, Syria, North Korea, and perhaps most crucially, the Middle East.

Regardless of how one looks at it, against all expectations, this is shaping up to be the American century.


Current President of the United States

Barack Obama

Presidential Candidate Barack Obama
Obama Position on Foreign Affairs

• Obama speaks about providing a visionary leadership and the need to renew the US global
leadership position through proper foreign policy, a renewed military along with a need to confront
the proliferation of the nuclear arsenal. The question of nuclear proliferation is "the most urgent
threat to the security of America and the world."

• "This century's threats are at least as dangerous as and in some ways more complex than those we have confronted in the past. They come from weapons that can kill on a mass scale and from global terrorists who respond to alienation or perceived injustice with murderous nihilism. They come from rogue states allied to terrorists and from rising powers that could challenge both America and the international foundation of liberal democracy. They come from weak states that cannot control their territory or provide for their people. And they come from a warming planet that will spur new diseases, spawn more devastating natural disasters, and catalyze deadly conflicts."

• "After Iraq, we may be tempted to turn inward. That would be a mistake. The American moment is not over, but it must be seized anew. We must bring the war to a responsible end and then renew our leadership -- military, diplomatic, moral -- to confront new threats and capitalize on new opportunities. America cannot meet this century's challenges alone; the world cannot meet them without America."

• Barack Obama's most important foreign policy is with respect to the question of Iraq. Obama envisages a regional conference involving Iran and Syria as part of the strategy to find an ultimate solution to the Iraq question.

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