After months of running his foreign policy like a firefighter responding to fire alarms around the globe, President
Beginning with a commencement speech this week at the
“The United States is the only nation capable of galvanizing action,” said the advisor, who asked for anonymity to discuss
Obama believes that "we need to put that to use in an international system that is sustainable and enduring," the advisor said, "and that can address challenges -- from traditional ones, like maritime and trade issues, to emerging ones, like climate change."
With the U.S. nearing the end of its participation in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama sees the U.S. moving out of a period of war and entering a new one in which its global priorities are largely different, advisors say.
But while the administration has been focused on crises in Syria and Ukraine, and on fighting for equilibrium in the wake of massive leaks about its own national security and intelligence practices, the U.S. response has come across as more ad hoc than comprehensive.