The Obama Security Strategy and Beyond: Implications for Germany and Europe

James D. Bindenagel

University of Bonn, Center for Advanced Security, Strategy and Integration Studies

James D. Bindenagel, Senior Professor at Bonn University, is the author of “Germany From Peace to Power? Can Germany Lead in Europe without dominating?” published by Bonn University Press/Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. He is a former U.S. Ambassador and was the founding Henry Kissinger Professor at Bonn University. His career in German-American relations includes military, diplomatic, and academic assignments in West, East, and United Germany from 1972 to 2020.

Barack Obama’s final year in office is one with the world in upheaval. It is also the year that will shape the security strategy for the next U.S. president. This commentary paper from J.D. Bindenagel, Director of AICGS partner organization the Center for International Security and Governance at the Universität Bonn, examines Obama’s security strategy, consisting of a Doctrine of “Strategic Patience” and realistic pragmatism. The core element is in its reliance on diplomatic partnerships or “Partners in Leadership”. The Obama strategy is defined by his management of the Ukraine crisis, the Syrian Civil War as well as in fighting terrorism of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Finally, the paper gives a first look at the legacy of Obama’s security strategy and addresses its implications for Europe and Germany.  Read article.

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