America's Changing Foreign Policy in the Middle East and Beyond

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

President Obama with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. President Obama with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (Getty)

In the months before the 2012 election, President Obama touted his foreign policy accomplishments -- perhaps, his foes claimed, to avoid discussion of the dismal job numbers and faltering economy. Whatever his reasoning, Obama made the death of Osama bin Laden and the end of the Iraq War the centerpiece of his 2012 campaign. It was a bold move for a candidate who had almost no foreign policy experience before he entered the White House.

BBC State Department correspondent Kim Ghattas has watched the Obama Administration's foreign policy goals unfold firsthand, as she  traveled the world with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Ghattas describes her experiences with Clinton abroad in her new book, "The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power."

While the book centers on Secretary Clinton's diplomacy, Ghattas says she uses Clinton's story "as America's diplomat-in-chief, America's ambassador to the world, to tell a bigger story of American power on the global stage."

In the wake of the Iraq War, Ghattas says, "the U.S. needs to figure out new ways of doing business around the world. The old scorecard doesn't work."

As President Obama travels to Israel for the first time since his 2008 election, Ghattas says that while the President faces a number of challenges in the region, particularly in Syria, she appreciates his Administration's approach. The President and his Administration "seem to have a better understanding of the nuances" in the Middle East, Ghattas explains. 


Kim Ghattas

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [2]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The "nuances" of understanding the Middle East is: No matter what you do or say, there is going to be a whole bunch of people who are going to spin what you say in the opposite direction.
It is easier to throw yourself in the spin cycle of a laundry dryer than to have an opinion in the Middle East.

Mar. 19 2013 03:07 PM
Dlmc from Brooklyn

Hmmm. So the Obama administration sees nuance more clearly than any prior administration. That seems to be working against us, since the segment did start with how America's status in the world is falling.

Mar. 19 2013 10:17 AM

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