The Obama era in the eyes of the world: From high hopes back to normalcy

Matthias Maass

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The candidacy of Barack Obama created high hopes and major expectations overseas. His electoral victory in 2008 promised the return of a benevolent US. He being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was the ultimate expression of the world’s anticipation. Such high expectations had to be disappointed, and they were. However, it is remarkable that Obama frustrated many but maintained his overall popularity worldwide until the end of his two four-year terms. The disillusionment, disappointment, and frustration over Obama’s foreign policy and global leadership remained largely sympathetic. It was, in a way, a “benevolent disappointment” which characterizes the world views of the Obama era.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe World Views of the Obama Era
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Hope to Disillusionment
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783319610764
ISBN (Print)9783319610757
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

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