The Republicans seized control of both Houses in the US mid-term elections and have tied President Barack Obama’s hands for the next two years in terms of introducing domestic policy initiatives. The president will look to the world stage to shape policy but the challenges are very tough. Victory presents the GOP with new challenges of its own. Is there room for compromise?

BILL CLINTON won the US presidential elections in 1992 on an economic agenda, despite the seminal international change his predecessor, George H. W. Bush, had decisively shaped. President Barack Obama's international agenda was highly ambitious but, so far, the results are modest and awaiting final results.

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Dr. Uwe Nerlich
International affairs are hardly President Obama's top priority, but the classic escape from difficult domestic politics is to prioritise foreign affairs. This offers high visibility and calls for Senate action only in the case of ratifying a pending treaty
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