U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he arrives to deliver his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington (REUTERS/Larry Downing).

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Obama’s State of the Union Speech and the Seductiveness of Limited Intervention

January 29, 2014, Vanda Felbab-Brown

The president’s State of the Union address underscored a foreign policy doctrine of surgical, constrained U.S. military engagement combined with building partner capacity, writes Vanda Felbab-Brown. However, the belief that a shoe-string national security policy and quick in-and-out interventions with limited commitment will accomplish U.S. foreign policy goals will in many cases be a dangerous, seductive illusion, she argues.

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