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The Politics of Hope In foreign policy, Obama sought to reach out to the non-Western world, and especially to  Muslims who might interpret the American military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan as  part of a general war on Islam. “America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in  competition,” he told an audience at Cairo University. In Tokyo, he reassured Asians that  America would remain engaged with the world’s fastest-growing region. While hoping to  distinguish itself in tone from the Bush administration, the Obama government found  itself following the broad outlines of Bush’s War on Terror. It affirmed the existing  agreement to withdraw American troops from Iraq in 2011 and reluctantly accepted  military plans for a surge in Afghanistan. In his Nobel acceptance speech, President 
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  • Fall '10
  • PIETRZAK
  • Obama government, theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, Nobel Acceptance Speech, Afterword, American military actions

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