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Obama's America$
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Carl Pedersen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638949

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638949.001.0001

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At Home in the World

At Home in the World

(p.111) 4 At Home in the World
Obama's America

Carl Pedersen

Edinburgh University Press

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

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