The Shadowboxer: The Obama Administration and Foreign Policy Grand Strategy - Lasher - 2016 - Politics & amp; Policy - Wiley Online Library

The Shadowboxer: The Obama Administration and Foreign Policy Grand Strategy - Lasher - 2016 - Politics & amp; Policy - Wiley Online Library

The Shadowboxer: The Obama Administration and Foreign Policy Grand Strategy - Lasher - 2016 - Politics & amp; Policy - Wiley Online Library

President Obama's foreign policy grand strategy can be described by the terms shadowboxing or shadowboxer . Shadowboxing is a technique that boxers use to practice, sparring with imaginary opponents or attacking shadows in preparation for the real fight. Similarly, President Obama attacks covert threats but rarely responds to visible or viable threats. Like a practicing boxer, President Obama is fighting the murky shadows while refusing to engage the main stage in the international arena. Obama's foreign policy grand strategy consists of the following five tenets. (1) Modest Retrenchment in Foreign Policy Spending. (2) Rebuilding America's Reputation: The Anti-Thesis of George W. Bush. (3) Multilateralism. (4) Nonintervention and Avoiding "Boots on the Ground." (5) Assertive Counterterrorism.

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