Promises about Foreign Policy on The Obameter

Promote cultural diplomacy

Will "improve and expand public-private partnerships to expand cultural and arts exchanges throughout the world."

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Attract foreign art talent


"Will streamline the visa process to return America to its rightful place as the world's top destination for artists and art students."


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Work with international allies on space station


"Will enlist international partners to provide International Space Station (ISS) cargo re-supply and eventually alternate means for sending crews to the ISS."


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Establish a Global Energy Corps to promote green energy in developing countries


"Will extend opportunities for older individuals such as teachers, engineers, and doctors to serve overseas. This effort will include a Global Energy Corps to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions overseas and promote low-carbon and affordable energy solutions in developing nations. One of this century's great challenges will be promoting the use of green energy in developing countries, which will face exponential increases in energy demand. This Corps will be composed of scientists and engineers who will work with local partners overseas."


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Bolster the military's ability to speak different languages

"Will bolster our military's ability to speak different languages, navigate different cultures, and coordinate complex missions with our civilian agencies."

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Open new consulates "in the tough and hopeless corners of the world"


"Will stop shuttering consulates and start opening them in the tough and hopeless corners of the world. He will expand our foreign service, and develop the capacity of our civilian aid workers to work alongside the military."


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Secure nuclear weapons materials in four years


"Will lead a global effort to secure all nuclear weapons materials at vulnerable sites within four years - the most effective way to prevent terrorists from acquiring a nuclear bomb. Barack Obama will fully implement the Lugar-Obama legislation to help our allies detect and stop the smuggling of weapons of mass destruction."


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Seek treaty to control fissile materials


"Will lead a global effort to negotiate a verifiable treaty ending the production of fissile materials for weapons purposes."


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Enact measures to prevent nuclear fuel from becoming nuclear bombs


"Will work with other interested governments to establish a new international nuclear energy architecture - including an international nuclear fuel bank, international nuclear fuel cycle centers, and reliable fuel supply assurances - to meet growing demands for nuclear power without contributing to the proliferation of nuclear materials and fuel production facilities."


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Prevent corporate cyber-espionage


"Will work with industry to develop the systems necessary to protect our nation's trade secrets and our research and development."


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Protect American intellectual property abroad


"Will work to ensure intellectual property is protected in foreign markets, and promote greater cooperation on international standards that allow our technologies to compete everywhere."

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Strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty


"Obama will crack down on nuclear proliferation by strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty so that countries like North Korea and Iran that break the rules will automatically face strong international sanctions."


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Stop the development of new nuclear weapons


"He will stop the development of new nuclear weapons; work with Russia to take U.S. and Russian ballistic missiles off hair-trigger alert; seek dramatic reductions in U.S. and Russian stockpiles of nuclear weapons and material; and set a goal to expand the U.S.-Russian ban on intermediate-range missiles so that the agreement is global."

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Stop al Qaida prison recruitment


"I will address the problem in our prisons, where the most disaffected and disconnected Americans are being explicitly targeted for conversion by al Qaeda and its ideological allies."


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Limit term of director of national intelligence


"Will insulate the Director of National Intelligence from political pressure by giving the DNI a fixed term, like the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Obama and Biden will seek consistency and integrity at the top of our intelligence community -- not just a political ally."

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Call for a consultative group of congressional leaders on national security


"I will call for a standing, bipartisan consultative group of congressional leaders on national security. I will meet with this consultative group every month and consult with them before taking major military action."


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Give annual "State of the World" address

"I'll give an annual 'State of the World' address to the American people in which I lay out our national security policy."


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Strengthen the African Growth and Opportunity Act


"Obama will also strengthen the African Growth and Opportunity Act to ensure that African producers can access the U.S. market and will encourage more American companies to invest on the continent."


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Pressure Sudan to end violence in Darfur


"As president, Obama will take immediate steps to end the genocide in Darfur by increasing pressure on the Sudanese and pressure the government to halt the killing and stop impeding the deployment of a robust international force."


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Work with UN on climate change


"Will re-engage with the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) – the main international forum dedicated to addressing the climate problem . . . will also create a Global Energy Forum of the world's largest emitters to focus exclusively on global energy and environmental issues."


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