"Conflicted Power" charts President Obama's foreign policy choices and outcomes as shifting world alliances challenge US power globally

NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With increasing focus on US foreign and strategic policy in the weeks leading up to a hotly contested election, authoress Zubaida Rasul-Ronning presents a compelling analysis of President Obama's foreign policy in Conflicted Power: Obama's US Foreign and Strategic Policy in a Shifting World Order from the vantage point of the world outside of the US and Washington DC.

In Conflicted Power, Zubaida Rasul-Ronning skillfully examines the legacy of US foreign strategic policy as the backdrop for President Obama's policy choices, while multiple new international power centers directly challenge US global policy. She studies the promise of Obama's contribution to a new positivism in US foreign policy, identifying the gaps and the comparative choices made by the Obama Administration that yielded foreign policy successes or deepened the lacunas of past policy failures. It looks at the global expectation of a strong moral America and a President caught between challenges to US power abroad and the imperative to respond conclusively to a domestically dictated security agenda that results in conflicting foreign initiatives. Ms. Rasul-Ronning identifies key achievements of President Obama's international engagement while critically evaluating his contribution to "real" US global power today.

Looking at the Middle East, Iran, Israel, Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific, with a critical analysis of the reemergence of Russia and China as global powers and brewing conflict in the South China Sea, Conflicted Power is a concise yet insightful evaluation of US foreign and strategic policy at the end of Obama's first term and at the brink of the 2012 elections.

Quotes from Conflicted Power: Obama's US Foreign and Strategic Policy in a Shifting World Order:

  • "More so than in the case of Iranian nuclear program, Pakistan nuclear weapons are in danger of falling into 'the wrong hands.'"
  • "With the shifting focus to Asia-Pacific, Obama has made perhaps the most definitive change in US foreign policy since the declaration of the Eisenhower Doctrine."
  • "The medium and longer-term repercussion (of Obama's Mid-East regional strategy) ... is the steady alienation of large swaths of Arab populations. The US is perceived not as a friend, but as a primary protagonist of violence, conflict, political repression and dictatorship."

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Zubaida Rasul-Ronning is an expert in political analysis and security reform. A Canadian, she has served on international political teams negotiating and implementing peace agreements in Angola, Bosnia Herzegovina, Guinea-Bissau and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in development planning in North Africa, the Middle East, Djibouti and Somalia. Ms. Rasul-Ronning has an International Business from Thunderbird Management School (Arizona), and a Masters in Human Rights from Columbia University (New York). She is married and lives in New York City, where she works as an international consultant. To interview Ms. Rasul-Ronning, please contact her agent, Tim Wall, at theobamafpbook@gmail.com or at 213-447-5954.

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