Chapter

At Home in the World

Carl Pedersen

in Obama's America

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638949
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672059 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638949.003.0005
At Home in the World

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The Obama Doctrine, defined as a coherent worldview informing the formulation of a twenty-first-century foreign policy, can be traced back to Barack Obama's formative years and is linked with the development of his identity. Obama himself has often made the connection between his life story and his foreign policy views. Obama gave his first interview as president to the Arabic television news channel network Al-Arabiya. He was the first president to mention Muslims in his inaugural address, and in the interview he reiterated his desire for outreach to the Muslim world. Obama's background and intellectual development attest to an experience with foreign cultures and a keen interest in foreign policy issues. He represents a break both with the transatlantic focus of the Eastern Establishment and the unilateralism and Pacific and Caribbean imperialist orientation of Southern and Western conservatism. In his autobiography, Obama recorded his first impressions of Indonesia and recounts his childhood in Hawaii in terms of his search for identity. He also traces his roots to Africa.

Keywords: Barack Obama; foreign policy; Obama Doctrine; life story; identity; Muslims; Indonesia; autobiography; Hawaii; Africa

Chapter.  3895 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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