Expand Diplomatic Relations

President Obama has made the following promises:

"I will challenge the conventional thinking that we can't conduct diplomacy with leaders we don't like."—1/13/08, Denver

"Obama will set up an America's Voice Initiative to send Americans who are fluent speakers of local languages to expand our public diplomacy." — Obama's Blueprint for Change

Other promises regarding foreign policy.

UPDATES:

Updated: January 13, 2009

Clinton To Push 'Smart Power'

Secretary-designate of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said during her confirmation hearing that, under the adminsitration's "smart power" approach, "diplomacy will be the vanguard of foreign policy."

Updated: January 26, 2009

Obama Addresses Muslim World

In his first formal interview as president — with Dubai-based Al Arabiya — Obama attempted to reach out to the Muslim world, pledging to talk with Iran and to work with Arab leaders toward peace in the region.


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