Bloomberg Quotes FPI Board Member Robert Kagan on U.S. Foreign Policy

In "Kerry Fights ‘Myth’ of U.S. Fading Globally Under Obama," Bloomberg's Terry Atlas writes:

Former California Democratic Representative Jane Harman, who heads the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, said in Davos that the “toxic partisanship” in Washington and events such as last year’s government shutdown have hurt the international posture of the U.S. Harman said the U.S. should be looked at differently in a post-Cold War world, as an “indispensable partner” rather than the sole superpower.

“As you go around the world, the demand for American involvement has actually gone up tremendously in East Asia, in the Middle East,” Robert Kagan, a senior fellow in the Center on the United States and European Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, said at the conference. At the same time, he said, the U.S. is experiencing a cycle in which the public wants less overseas involvement.

Kerry didn’t break any new policy ground in his remarks, as he recounted efforts to end the Syrian civil war, prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by negotiating the creation of a Palestinian state and security safeguards for Israel.

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