Re-elected Obama Faces Tougher Challenges Abroad


Category: Defence Policy, United States of America

Officials and policy experts in Europe, Asia and Israel say newly re-elected President Barack Obama has a window to make progress on his foreign agenda, but tough challenges await. Still, many described Obama as pragmatic and strategic, and unlikely to be driven by emotion or to stray far from his first term’s ambitions. Svenja Sinjen, security expert of the German Council on Foreign Relations, said Romney would have applied more pressure on the Europeans concerning their defense budgets.

“A presidency of Mitt Romney would have had the advantage, that the defense political debate between the U.S. and Europe would have been fueled again,” Sinjen said. “At least he would have asked for the European defense budgets not to decline any further, but rather to increase them again.”

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