The Obama Surprise

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    The Obama Surprise

    By Richard N. Haass

    First Published 1/20/2009
    NEW YORK

    The high hopes surrounding Barack Obama’s presidency are mostly a good thing, as they remind us that much of the anti-American sentiment that is so apparent around the world is not and need not be permanent.

    But this anticipation is also a problem for Obama, as it will be difficult — and in some instances impossible — for him to meet expectations. There will be no Palestinian state this spring; nor will there be a global climate change pact or a new trade accord or an end to poverty or genocide or disease anytime soon.

    The reasons go beyond the reality that big accomplishments require time and effort. The incoming president faces extraordinary constraints — constraints that will make it essential for other countries to do more if stability and prosperity are to be the norm rather than the exception.

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    This list is a long one, but it could easily be much longer. The rest of the world was often unhappy with George W. Bush, for both the content and style of his foreign policy. Now others will find that the alternative to America going it alone or withdrawing from the global scene is real multilateralism, which requires their willingness and ability to commit resources to deal with pressing challenges. Obama is likely to be more diplomatic than his predecessor, but he is also likely to be more demanding.


    - rest at http://dailystaregypt.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=19203
     
    #1 KenH, Jan 21, 2009
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