May 7, 2012

Obama Gives Realists a Bad Name

Paul Saunders, The National Interest

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The Obama administration’s poor handling of its interaction with Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has prompted renewed denunciations of its “realist” foreign policy, already a focus for critics of its approach to Russia, the Middle East and other major international issues. Yet while criticism of the administration’s conduct is appropriate, calling it “realist” is misguided. In fact, the administration’s aimless and stumbling pragmatism is giving realism and realists a bad name.

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TAGGED: Barack Obama, China, Realism, Chen Guangcheng


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