The View From 1776
Friday, April 17, 2009
Popularity and Foreign Policy
The President’s left-wing supporters will be disappointed that the departure of George W. Bush is not sufficient to gain the full support of EU nations. In the real world, foreign policy is much more complicated.
As I noted in Diplomacy is Not a Popularity Contest, European nations will respond favorably to United States policy initiatives only to the extent that their foreign policy objectives and ours coincide.
Foreign policy analyst George Friedman explores the nuances and intricacies of foreign policy considerations that were in play during the President’s recent European tour.
Obama’s Strategy and the Summits
April 6, 2009
By George Friedman
The weeklong extravaganza of G-20, NATO, EU, U.S. and Turkey meetings has almost ended. The spin emerging from the meetings, echoed in most of the media, sought to portray the meetings as a success and as reflecting a re-emergence of trans-Atlantic unity.
The reality, however, is that the meetings ended in apparent unity because the United States accepted European unwillingness to compromise on key issues. U.S. President Barack Obama wanted the week to appear successful, and therefore backed off on key issues; the Europeans did the same. Moreover, Obama appears to have set a process in motion that bypasses Europe to focus on his last stop: Turkey.
Berlin, Washington and the G-20