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Monday, August 26, 2013

For Obama, world looks far different than expected

In this 2012 file photo President Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. Nearly five years into Obama's presidency, the perception of a president lacking in international influence extends beyond the Arab world, particularly to Russia; an ambitious attempt to reset U.S. relations with Russia faltered and failed. Putin, who reassumed the presidency in 2012, has blocked U.S. efforts to seek action against Syria at the United Nations and has balked at Obama's efforts to seek new agreements on arms control.