Obama looks outwards

As Barack Obama steps back onto the diplomatic stage, the perception that he has reasserted his political authority at home means he is being taken more seriously abroad.

So he’s not Jimmy Carter after all. Barack Obama was in Prague this week to sign a strategic arms treaty with Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev. Next week the US president plays host to 50 world leaders to discuss strengthening arrangements for nuclear security. In between times, he published a new military strategy that significantly narrows the circumstances in which the US would use its nuclear arsenal.


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