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Walter Russell Mead "The New World Disorder: Ambition versus Retrenchment"

The plan was to repair the damage of the Bush years, isolate jihadists in a democratizing Middle East, develop a new relationship with Iran, build a businesslike relationship with Russia, and pacify East Asia. However, President Obama’s foreign policy track record shows more failures than successes. His goals have always been high and difficult, but he hasn’t wanted to invest the political, financial, or military resources that such large goals require. Walter Russell Mead will give an overview of the White House’s scorecard on its foreign policy – whether the US president must either dial back his idealism or dial back on his promises to pull the United States back from the global front lines.