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Barack Obama faces a daunting list of priorities, beginning with the ailing US economy, but there is mounting pressure for the new US president to address international issues too. 

During the presidential election campaigning Obama was criticised by his then rival, Hillary Clinton - who is now his secretary of state - for being a foreign policy lightweight.

He has argued that growing up in Indonesia and being of mixed racial heritage has given him a truly global view of the planet.

But how will that manifest itself as he moves forward on the world stage? Is engagement with Tehran likely?

How will he handle the extremely difficult Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which had disintegrated into open warfare until just a few days ago?

How about the two wars he has inherited as the new commander in chief, in Afghanistan and in Iraq?


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On Wednesday, Riz speaks with ambassador Peter Galbraith, a career diplomat who resigned from government in 2003, allowing him to be more critical about US policy in relation to Iraq. Galbraith is now a senior diplomatic fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-proliferation, which carries out research on peace and security issues. He is the author of Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America's Enemies - a scathing critique of the Bush administration's Iraq policy.

And Riz also speaks with Christian Brose, a former speech-writer for secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell. He is currently senior editor for Foreign Policy Magazine. His article in the most recent edition of that magazine, The Making of George W. Obama, argues that we are likely to end with a lot more of the same in the foreign policy arena - instead of a radical departure.

This episode of the Riz Khan show aired from Wednesday, January 21, 2009.

Source: Al Jazeera