From the rise of Islamic State, to Russia’s land grab in eastern Ukraine, to the threat posed by the Ebola epidemic in Africa, 2014 was a year of foreign-policy wake-up calls. These and other situations prompted the United States to react with a more forceful and focused approach to national security than it had in 2013.
The Obama administration also produced a couple of foreign-policy wake-up calls of its own. The historic shift to reopen relations with Cuba and the progress achieved on its Asia trip last month signal that the Obama administration remains determined to advance a proactive foreign policy agenda–and not be overtaken by events–as it heads into its final two years.
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