The United States is currently a foreign policy paradox: it is a powerless world power. The country remains the strongest military might ahead of all other nations despite spending cuts and its economy keeps growing. At the same time, its geopolitical policy is completely haphazard.
If it were possible to simply ignore Barack Obama’s foreign legacies after the presidential elections in 2016, his successors would be tempted to consider it.
Violent conflicts are rampant in many corners of the world: in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Libya, Yemen, Nigeria, Pakistan and Venezuela. International terrorism flourishes. Cyber warfare is a possibility and the power of technology firms such as Google and Alibaba has grown. The rise of China and, to a lesser extent, India, has led to new spheres of influence.