A Moral Guide to Obama’s Foreign Policy


Three years ago President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize. The awkward contexts of 2009 that accompanied, if not overshadowed, the award and his Nobel address are worth recalling….

[This article was originally posted at Religion and Politics]

President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize address of three years ago conveyed his moral vision of international affairs and laid the groundwork for the foreign policy successes of his first term.  The foreign policy ethic he articulated in Oslo has drawn from several moral  languages: “just war,” American exceptionalism, and Christian realism. To extend his foreign policy record and resolve the problems facing his second term will require that Obama reconcile, if not choose among, these different moral vocabularies.

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