Clive Crook, Thomas Barnett, Dan Drezner and even Barack Obama give their thoughts on what an Obama Doctrine for American foreign policy might be. Over at New Atlanticist, I argue in “Obama Doctrine: Style But No Substance?” that,
There’s good reason to be skeptical of the degree to which Obama’s foreign policy is actually new, much less a doctrine. Barnett and Drezner rightly note that changes in both tactics and optics are welcome given the point of departure. At some point, however, the time for apologies and mea culpas and pushing reset buttons must come to an end and actual leadership must begin. Given the magnitude of the challenges on the docket, it can’t come soon enough.
Obama has been in office only three months, so demanding a fully formed Doctrine worthy of the history books at this stage is asking too much. But it’s reasonable to expect substance at this point.
More at the link.