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Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations


When Barack Obama steps into the Oval Office for the first time as president, he will be in the unique position of having earned the support not just of Americans who chose him in a historic and dramatic election but of millions around the world who would have voted for him if they could have. It has been widely observed that on November 4 the United States held the first-ever world election and Obama was the clear winner.


Burns, Nicholas. "The Ascension." National Interest Online, January 6, 2009.