The Changes the Obama Adminsitation Has Made in Foriegn Policy

959 WordsJan 5, 20134 Pages
The US has received criticisms due to its post-9/11 foreign policy. Its policy created shifts in alliances and became a polarizing issue both domestically and internationally. The US has had a significant shift since Barack Obama took office, moving away from the foreign policy that was in place under George W. Bush. • Discuss the major changes the Obama administration made to US foreign policy. • Analyze these changes in the context of the international system level, state level, and individual level. It is arguable that the Bush doctrine, in 2002, was a necessary evil. While it was a proclamation of the right to self-defense through pre-emptive attack, it was not perceived that way by the majority of the world. It seemed to be…show more content…
This doctrine calls for an increase of diplomacy as well as economic discipline. On an international level, the globe has breathed a sigh of relief at the forgoing of the Bush doctrine. The United States has become more willing to work with intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations. After the 9/11 attacks, the Bush Administration created the Homeland Security Council. Obama combined Homeland Security and the National Security Council into a single entity called the National Security Staff. However, that does not mean that they have completely abandoned all former policies or that the United States will not unilaterally take action when given a chance. President Obama himself stated, “I will not hesitate to use force, unilaterally if necessary, to protect the American people of our vital interests whenever we are attacked or imminently threatened.” State wise, American citizens have rarely been concerned with foreign affairs of its own government. The number one dissatisfaction is the seemingly never-ending wars within the regions of the Middle East that have begun since the Bush administration. Yet, because of the heightened sense of paranoia still lingering from 9/11, citizens show a definite concern for how efficiently the intelligence community of the United States government works. The fusing of

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