For many, Obama’s presidency will be defined by its accomplishments. Taking out Osama bin Laden, disengaging from fights in the Middle East that America cannot win, defusing the threat of a nuclear Iran, and refocusing our attention and resources to Asia, where our greatest opportunities and biggest long-term challenges are located. But for others, it has been marked by missteps and retreat—pulling back where action and leadership was needed, and presiding over policies that strengthened our adversaries and disheartened our friends. Has Obama’s foreign policy been a success?
GMF Counselor and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy Derek Chollet was one of four panelists to debate the motion "Obama's Foreign Policy is a Failure" on one of NPR's flagship podcasts Intelligence Squared Debates. Chollet, along with Vikram Singh, vice president of national security and international policy at American Progress debated against the motion. Eliot Cohen, professor of strategic studies at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, and Kristen Silverberg, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, argued in favor of the motion.