Tamás Magyarics: The legacy of the Obama Administration
Great expectations preceded Barack Obamas presidency. He seemed to endorse a realist approach to international relations in opposition to the liberal and noeconservative democracy export or nation building. He endeavored to harmonize the means and ends of the U.S. foreign and security policy in contrast to the previous administrations willingness to assume a number of new responsibilities. The presentation wishes to concentrate on the following three areas: the relations with Russia after the "reset"; the "Arab Spring", and the Obama Administrations policies in the greater Middle East; as well as the Asia-Pacific region in the context of the "pivot" or "rebalance." Finally, it would like to answer the question whether the position of the U.S. in the world changed or not during Barack Obamas presidency.