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Geena Rocero on stage at TED2014.
Geena Rocero on stage at TED2014.

What do we tell ourselves (and others) when we face a problem? More often than not we simply say “Mind over matter kid! Anything is possible if you put your mind to it!” (read more…)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before the start of their meeting at the Russian Ambassador's residence in Paris on Sunday March 30, 2014. (AP / Jacquelyn Martin) Source: CTVNews
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before the start of their meeting at the Russian Ambassador’s residence in Paris on Sunday March 30, 2014. (AP / Jacquelyn Martin) Source: CTVNews

After a century long history of American interventionism across the world, culminating most recently with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, it has almost become automatic for the United States to intervene in all foreign affairs.

With a defense budget hovering around $530 billion dollars, we certainly have the means to carry out these types of military operations (what else are we going to spend it on, education?).  However, under the Obama administration, there seems to have been a fundamental shift in United States foreign policy.  In response to uprisings in Egypt, Syria, and most recently Ukraine the United States has taken a more diplomatic approach, preferring negotiations and economic sanctions instead of deploying companies of marines.  It is my contention that public opinion has played a large role in this change. Let’s explore this shift.

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