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What does the Obama administration's reaction to crisis in Ukraine and elsewhere say about its influence in international affairs?
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The United States is far from sanctioning Israel for this unending occupation, which Secretary of State John Kerry apparently proposes to extend indefinitely, by allowing many years more of effective Israeli control over the occupied Palestinian territories. One of the key elements of the American approach to this occupation has been in effect to subsidize it with aid and investment not only for the occupying power, but also for the structures that help keep the occupied population from resisting its oppression. Thus a conference in Prague this past weekend chaired by Tony Blair and Madeline Albright touted visions – that are central to the Kerry plan – of new investment and Palestinian growth, without a single word about ending the occupation that has crippled the Palestinian economy and society for generations.
This double standard towards these two occupations is one reason why many the world over take a skeptical view of the moral hyperventilation over the Ukraine of both critics and supporters of the Obama administration." Rashid Khalidi The Double Standard for Judging ‘Strength’
Read the debate in fulltest of Obama’s foreign policy. Critics are accusing the U.S. president of weakening American power. But Obama and his supporters argue that his approach has enhanced diplomacy.
Does the Obama administration’s foreign policy reflect weakness or realism about the limits to U.S. influence in international affairs?
Ali Wyne, an associate at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, suggested this forum.
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