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


With little fanfare, the Obama administration is adopting a new approach to foreign policy. More than a decade after 9/11, President Obama is following Churchill’s insight that “to jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war." This return to diplomacy doesn’t exclude the use of force in dealing with terrorists, but is an adept pivot by an administration searching for a new formula to advance American interests in the world.


Burns, Nicholas. "Diplomacy Returns to US Arsenal." Boston Globe, March 2, 2012.