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Foreign Policy Speeches of ObamaEdited by John Davis
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Foreign Policy Speeches of Obama

(First Edition)
Edited by John Davis

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60927-106-0, 204 pages


Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s dynamic oratory skills played a pivotal role in his historic electoral victory. Once in office those same proclivities were again on display during a host of major foreign policy speeches—those that endeavored to reformulate relations with the Muslim world, nuclear proliferation, the strategies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to name a few—that provide critical information for evaluating the president’s policies. This volume provides an in-depth exploration of the president’s major speeches and allows the reader to assess the extent to which Obama met the domestic and global expectations associated with his foreign policy agenda.

Key features:
  • Students will find the selection of speeches thought provoking, particularly on the question of war.
  • Starting with Senator Obama’s anti-Iraq War speech, readers will examine several speeches that evolved into the strategies for what critics charge is "Obama’s War in Afghanistan."
  • Speeches from recent events are also included, such as the presidential address that unleashed American intervention in the Libyan civil war and Obama’s triumphant address to nation in which he announced the death of Osama Bin Laden.
Foreign Policy Speeches of Obama serves as an invaluable resource for U.S. Foreign Policy, American Government, International Relations, and Presidential Studies courses.

Dr. John Davis is the director of international security studies at Trinity Washington University. His areas of expertise include: International Security, International Relations, International Law, U.S. Foreign Policy, Terrorism, Presidential Studies, and Black Politics. He is the author of eight books, which include the following: Terrorism in Africa: The Evolving Front in the War on Terrorism (ed., 2010); Target Towers: New York and the Path to 9/11 and Its Aftermath (2009); Barack Obama and U.S. Foreign Policy: Road Map for Change or Disaster? (2009); Barack Obama’s Historic Election: A View from Howard University (2009); Africa and the War on Terrorism (ed., 2007); Perspectives in Black Politics and Black Leadership (ed., 2007); Presidential Policies and the Road to the Second War in Iraq: From 41 to 43 (ed., 2006); and The Global War on Terrorism: Assessing the American Response (ed., 2004). He is also the author of over 50 book chapters, journal articles and books reviews.