Obama's Engagement/Interaction Strategy
April-02-13 11:29 AM
Obama's engagement/interaction strategy
- Bush's methods of interaction made it difficult for Obama administration to
- In the case of Russia:
○ Russia had strongly opposed the expansion of NATO, as well as the
missile shield that was to be put in Europe to protect European countries
- Obama somehow hoped to end decades of hostility with Iran.
○ He said from the start that he had some doubts on whether or not it'd be
possible to end that long of a period when it comes to hostilities.
○ Obama proposed that:
Iran could send its nuclear materials to another country for
processing, and it would be provided with nuclear materials that
would not be weapons-grade.
□ Russia volunteered to do that.
There were grounds for turning it down on the part of Iran:
□ Iran has held up the sign of national sovereignty.
They've always maintained that they won't be pushed
○ Obama made lots of overtures, but they did not amount to any change in
It's difficult to know if the UN or Iran itself is telling the truth in terms of
The CIA released a report that said there wasn’t immediate evidence
that Iran had weapons.
The evidence held by Western states is strong, but not conclusive.
The U.S. always maintained that it was prepared to have face-to-face
talks if Iran took some steps to halt its nuclear program, but there was
no sense talking to Iran if it remains on the course that it has moving
Can Iran hurt Israel?
□ Nobody knows…
○ Another instance where U.S. strategy that worked well is in Myanmar
Hillary Clinton visited Myanmar, which was a big event, considering
the stature of her position.
□ Human rights activist were locked up in prisons, as well as some
□ She rewarded the country for taking steps towards democracy.
She was greeted warmly and more political prisoners were
Somewhere along the way, it was