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Advancing Diplomacy Toward Iran

Report 23 March 2009
Last week the next steps in the Obama Administration’s comprehensive approach to Iran were on display, with the President’s video message saying that the U.S. is ready to begin diplomatic engagement. This message follows on a letter sent by President Obama to Iran after initially coming to office and further confirms the Administration’s readiness to engage in diplomatic negotiations. This is a dramatic departure from the approach of the Bush administration and represents a renewed recognition of the importance of diplomacy as a foreign policy tool.
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Diplomacy

50 Days: Obama's Foreign Policy Dramatically Different than Bush

Report 10 March 2009
Fifty days into the new administration, a close examination of foreign policy shows dramatic changes on three broad fronts, with early table setting steps giving way to action abroad and at home.  Not everything can or should change overnight, but skeptics' assertions that Obama' foreign policy is a continuation of Bush's is not supported by the facts.
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Diplomacy

A Comprehensive Strategy for the Middle East

Report 5 March 2009
Fewer than 50 days into his Presidency, Barack Obama has begun to set a different framework for how America deals with the Middle East. There is no question that today America’s choices and flexibility in the region are far greater than they were only 50 days ago.
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New Challenges with Old Roots

Report 4 February 2009
The past few days have seen a series of troubling signals from around the world with Iran launching a new satellite, North Korea issuing new threats, and Russia influencing Kyrgyzstan to close the U.S. military base in Manas – a key supply route into Afghanistan.  All of these events raise serious concerns.  However, it is important to remember that foreign countries often take advantage of the transition in power to test a new administration and attempt to get to the top of the agenda.  Moreover, these incidents are also a reflection of the terrible foreign policy landscape that the Bush administration left behind.
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Diplomacy

A New Era

Report 21 January 2009
In the words of his inaugural address and his first actions in office, President Barack Obama made clear that he would pursue foreign policy in line with progressive values and American ideals
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Iran

Secretary Rice Misreads Reality on Iran

Report 16 December 2008
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice misread the situation yesterday when she claimed that Iran’s influence in Iraq was in doubt. Following the overthrow of Saddam – Iran’s principal enemy – the Iranian regime was able to develop tremendous influence with the Shia-majority in Iraq. There is now a broad bipartisan consensus among foreign policy experts and senior government officials that it is time for a new approach based on tough direct engagement with Iran.
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Obama’s National Security Team Demonstrates Broad Consensus on a Progressive Foreign Policy

Report 1 December 2008
Today, President-elect Obama introduced an impressive national security team today that includes independents, Republicans and Democrats.  This diverse team shares commitment to the President-elect’s foreign policy principles, and to the agenda first laid out by President-Elect Obama and progressives during the campaign.
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Diplomacy

Rebuilding America's Alliances

Report 24 November 2008
Barack Obama’s victory was greeted with massive enthusiasm and support from around the world. Obama's election as the 44th President of the United States presents an important opportunity to repair our relationship with our allies and restore America’s image around the globe.
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The Growing Conservative Schism on Foreign Policy

Press Release Washington, D.C. 29 October 2008