Mr Obama is not careful, he could sink into a quagmire of problems. Yet there is a solution to each big challenge he faces. In the Middle East, he should revisit the speeches he made in Cairo and Istanbul – and implement them. In China, Xi Jinping wants nothing more than a deep economic engagement with America. And if Mr Obama has to cut US defence budgets, there could not be a more propitious moment to do so. The stars are aligned in his favour: all he has to do now is to lead. Read more
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