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Barack Obama, the US president, has set an ambitious global agenda but how different are his policies from those of his predecessors and will they change the way in which the world views the US?

Recently, Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, outlined the administration's vision as reflecting "the world as it is, not as it used to be".

She said the US would lead by inducing co-operation and moving away from "a multi-polar world and toward a multi-partner world".

On Wednesday's Riz Khan, two top officials from the administration of Bill Clinton, the former US president, Madeleine Albright, the former US secretary of state, and Sandy Berger, a former national security advisor, give us their take on Obama's approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as the president's attempts to restart Middle East peace efforts and engage in dialogue with Iran.

We ask: How much has really changed and will the Obama vision of a "multi-partner" world work?

This episode of the Riz Khan show aired on Wednesday, July 22, 2009.

Source: Al Jazeera