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US President Barack Obama’s foreign policy has received heavy criticism in recent years. Although he is occasionally lauded for “ending America’s wars,” a closer look at polling results reveals public discontentment with Obama’s core principle: the removal of military action from the American foreign policy toolkit. Indeed, Obama has opted not to use any sort of military action or assistance on multiple occasions. In this article, Jeffrey lays out a specific agenda Obama could implement for a stronger American foreign policy: a continued focus on diplomacy, with careful consideration of military options.

 

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James F. Jeffrey
James F. JeffreyAmbassador James F. Jeffrey is a Philip Solondz Distinguished Visiting Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He was also United States Ambassador to Turkey from 2008 to 2010.
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