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Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Military

A Defense Budget for the 21st Century

Report 8 May 2009
The President’s 2010 defense budget marks the beginning of a strategic shift that attempts to offer a new vision for the 21st century, institutionalize the lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan, and attack inefficiency and waste.  The conservative response – instead of engaging in a forward –looking debate – clung to an approach that is rooted both in the Cold War and in the discredited vision of former Secretary Rumsfeld.
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Pakistan

The Roots of Pakistan’s Deterioration: Bush Looked Musharraf in the Eye

Report 6 May 2009
As President Obama meets today with Pakistani President Asif Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and the Pakistani Army prepares for a new offensive on the Swat Valley, there is little question that instability in Pakistan presents one of the most urgent threats facing the United States.  The priority must be on looking forward – supporting Pakistan’s governing institutions and its military in fighting the insurgency and helping stabilize the country. 
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Iran

Engaging the Middle East

Report 5 May 2009
A series of high-level meetings this week points up the interconnections in the Obama administration’s comprehensive strategy for the Middle East. The most high-profile of these meetings will take place between President Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres, while Secretary Gates is in the Middle East meeting with Egyptian and Saudi leaders. The new approach rejects the neoconservative trope that the road to Jerusalem goes through Baghdad or Tehran or Damascus. There is no quick route to peace in the Middle East; the road goes through all of these places, but it ultimately begins and ends in Jerusalem.
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Diplomacy

Conservative Myths about Barack Obama's Foreign Policy

Report 28 April 2009
Conservatives have persisted in pushing various myths about President Obama's various foreign policy achievements. This document outlines the various conservative claims and definitively refutes their hypocritical, baseless claims. In reality, President Obama has achieved many foreign policy goals in a remarkably short period of time.
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Diplomacy

Memo to the Community on the First 100 Days

Report 28 April 2009
At the 100-day mark, the Obama administration has many things on its plate and even more challenges ahead.  With policy reviews and staffing incomplete and some choices not yet made, evaluations at this date are at best artificial – yet the Obama administration has produced a remarkable body of early actions. 
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100 Days of the Obama Doctrine

Press Release Washington, DC 28 April 2009
Diplomacy

100 Days, 100 Foreign Policy Achievements

Report 27 April 2009
President Obama’s first 100 days have seen an enormous amount of activity on national security – travel by the President, his Cabinet and envoys, gestures intended to signal a change in the US’s approach to the world, and substantive reforms to policy overseas and the conduct of policy at home.  In 100 days, the Obama Administration has taken more than 100 actions that are reshaping American foreign policy, reversing the failures of the Bush Administration, and renewing America’s standing in the world.
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Diplomacy

Engaging on Middle East Peace

Report 22 April 2009
The Obama administration’s announcement that it will be inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Mubarak and President Abbas to separate talks at the White House is the latest sign that Obama has put the Middle East peace process high on his agenda.  This path will not be easy.  The integrated Middle East strategy advocated by President Obama is the one that best serves American interests. 
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Terrorism & National Security

Eight Years of Tortuous Failure

Report 21 April 2009
Last Thursday, the Obama administration released classified Bush-era legal memos in an effort to turn the page and provide transparency on the policy of torture pursued by the Bush administration. In response, Bush administration officials, worried about their failed reputations and legacy, vigorously attacked the Obama administration – claiming that revealing Bush-era torture techniques makes America less safe. With the release of these memos, conservatives have revealed their true colors, moving the debate from whether “enhanced interrogation” constitutes torture to simply arguing that torture works and that the United States should torture.
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