The Nuclear Agenda of the Obama Administration

Dr Rajiv Nayan is Senior Research Associate at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • September 2009

    After eight years of governance by a Republican Administration, the United States elected a Democrat as its president. The Democrat President, Barack Hussein Obama, assumed presidency and appointed several key officials to implement his agenda. Though some believe that democracy forces political parties to evolve a common agenda and towards consensus on several key issues, there are others who see differences between the Republican agenda and those of Democrats. Foreign and security policies are generally expected to converge, but the election campaign of Obama and subsequent commentaries on it tried to give the impression that the Democratic Party Administration headed by President Obama may push a different American agenda in foreign and security policies, especially nuclear. This commentary focuses on the nuclear agenda of the Obama Administration.