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Abroad, Obama’s Victory Brings Demands for Attention

Expectations for President Barack Obama in 2008 were too high. Obama’s re-election is seen as delivering more certainty and continuity rather than celebration around the globe. Many nations are ready with demands: Israelis expect a united Israeli-US front on Middle East issues despite widespread support for Obama’s challenger. Iran admits that talks are possible. Palestinians and other Muslims are hoping for a US agenda that emphasizes peace and perhaps even end the violence in Syria. Pakistan would like an end to use of drones near its borders. But Afghanistan worries about destabilization from early US troop withdrawal. Egypt is signaling a desire for disengagement and less US intervention. China, not wanting any surprises, welcomes the familiar face, and Russia, Brazil and Europe expressed optimism. Writes Alan Cowell for the New York Times, “There is also a perception in Britain and elsewhere in Europe that a Romney government would have been parochial, suspicious of foreigners and untested in world affairs, while Mr. Obama’s victory, as the left-leaning Guardian newspaper put it, ‘is good for Americans, good for America, and good for the world.’” – YaleGlobal

Abroad, Obama’s Victory Brings Demands for Attention

From Afghanistan to the UK, global leaders are full of plans and suggestions for US President Barack Obama
Alan Cowell
The New York Times, 7 November 2012
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Reporting was contributed by Jane Perlez and Keith Bradsher from Beijing; Hilda Wang from Hong Kong; Isabel Kershner and Jodi Rudoren from Jerusalem; Ellen Barry and Andrew Roth from Moscow; Sara Schonhardt from Jakarta, Indonesia; Scott Sayare from Paris; Dan Bilefsky from Barcelona, Spain; Tim Arango and Hwaida Saad from Antakya, Turkey; Sebnem Arsu from Istanbul; Sarah Lyall from London; Lydia Polgreen from Johannesburg; Nicholas Kulish and Chris Cottrell from Berlin; Jeffrey Gettleman from Nairobi, Kenya; Graham Bowley from Kabul, Afghanistan; Salman Masood from Islamabad, Pakistan; Ramtin Rastin from Tehran; Thomas Erdbrink from Amsterdam; Simon Romero and Taylor Barnes from Rio de Janeiro; and David D. Kirkpatrick and Mayy El Sheikh from Cairo.

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