Coming from a multinational, multiracial, multicultural, and multi-religious family with roots in North America, Africa, Asia and several Pacific islands, Barack Obama is his country’s first global president and the first to endorse a truly multicultural identity both for himself and his country. Moreover, Obama’s childhood also prepared him for a deeper understanding of global problems and developments, and especially those that are influenced by ongoing economic, political, military, and cultural developments in Pacific Rim countries. This social psychological presentation, which has been inspired in part by the book, The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century, focuses on Obama’s attempts to provide global leadership.
The authors assess Obama’s efforts in light of the social psychological literature on leadership and review how the American president is perceived and judged by the public around the world. While Obama remains more popular in many parts of the world than at home, there is a common perception that his pursuit of progressive goals is undermined by his realpolitik which tends to sacrifice these goals at the altar of perceived US-American security, political, and economic interests.
A special focus of this presentation is Obama’s “Asian Pivot” within the context of American Exceptionalism, including his attempts to shape the relationship between the United States and China in the face of China’s increasing economic and military power. The authors conclude by raising some moral questions especially in regards to drone warfare.
Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century
Series: LEADERSHIP: Research and Practice
The Global Obama examines the president’s image in five continents and more than twenty countries. It is the first book to look at Barack Obama’s presidency and analyze how Obama and America are viewed by publics, governments, and political commentators around world. The author of Barack Obama in...
Published December 3rd 2013 by Routledge