The Great Debate UK
from The Great Debate:
Robin Shepherd is a senior research fellow at Chatham House in London. The opinions expressed are his own.
American forces will still be in Afghanistan; the handover in Iraq will continue, with some troops coming home as they would have under President Bush; U.S. support for Israel will remain unchanged, while the Annapolis process begun under Obama’s predecessor continues to take its course.
The "war on terror", though repackaged under a different name, will have shown no signs of abating. The world will still be sleep-walking its way towards a nuclear armed Iran, with America unable to rally China and Russia to participate in meaningful sanctions. Tensions with a neo-authoritarian Russia will have shown no signs of abating as commitments to NATO allies and partners, particularly on Russia’s periphery, take precedence over temptations to appease the Kremlin.