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

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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James D. Bindenagel

Center for International Security and Governance

James D. Bindenagel was appointed Henry-Kissinger Professor at the University of Bonn and is founding director of the Center for International Security and Governance (created at the same time as the professorship) in October 2014. Bindenagel is considered a leading expert on transatlantic relations with a special focus on the German-U.S. relationship, with which he is familiar from many years of personal practical experience. During his thirty years in the U.S. diplomatic service, Professor Bindenagel worked both for the U.S. State Department in U.S. consulates and embassies in West Germany, East Germany, and the unified Germany. He was interim U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1996 to 1997.