International Reports

Obama’s Foreign Policy Legacy

by Alessandro Scheffler Corvaja

Retreat or Repositioning?

With his foreign policy approach based on “strategic patience” and “leading from behind”, Barack Obama seemed to implement a change of course. When taking stock of his presidency, however, Obama’s achievements appear modest. He leaves a number of unresolved issues in the areas of foreign and security policy. His successor will not only be tasked with redefining the USA’s leading role but also reforming its security apparatus.