President Obama steps into office immediately confronted by multiple pressing foreign policy puzzles. Iran's march to nuclear power, ongoing volatility in Gaza, Russia's increasingly fraught relations with Europe and the struggle to stabilize Afghanistan almost make it possible to forget that Iraq remains America's largest overseas commitment.
How will each of these challenges be met and what should take priority?
David Sanger and Barbara Slavin discuss.
David E. Sanger
David E. Sanger is the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and is one of the newspaper's senior writers. In a 24-year career at the paper, he has reported from New York, Tokyo, and Washington, covering a wide variety of issues surrounding foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation, Asian affairs, and, for the past five years, the arc of the Bush presidency. Twice he has been a member of Times reporting teams that won the Pulitzer Prize.
His most recent book is The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power (Harmony, 2009), a Times best-seller that explores the national security challenges facing President Barack Obama.
Barbara Slavin is Assistant Managing Editor for World and National Security of The Washington Times and the author of a 2007 book on Iran entitled "Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation." Prior to joining The Times in July 2008, she was senior diplomatic reporter for USA TODAY, responsible for analyzing foreign news and U.S. foreign policy.
David Sanger, New York Times White House correspondent, discusses covert operations to thwart Iran's nuclear program initiated during the Bush administration and discusses the likelihood that President Obama will continue them.