President Obama took office with a sweeping agenda to restore America’s image globally and to rebuild U.S. alliances to meet the common challenges of the 21st Century—from economic instability and climate change to nuclear proliferation and terrorism. As the new administration reaches the 100 day milestone, the following brief assesses progress toward a new era of U.S. global leadership. We compare the early actions of the Obama administration to the recommendations of the Managing Global Insecurity (MGI) Project, a two-year initiative on transnational threats and modernizing the international security system.
[Trump has] given Iran the moral high ground and that is an exceptionally difficult thing to do given the history and reality of Iran's misdeeds at home and in the region. It's just malpractice on the part of an American president.
The way the Trump administration is moving forward [with its Iran policy] is just so hostile to all aspects of Iran that it’s unlikely to produce any traction with the Iranian people or to encourage divisions within the system.