The virtue of engaging - and not isolating - your foes

SINCE he came into office six years ago, President Barack Obama has been criticised for pursuing a strategy of diplomatic and economic engagement with the United States' adversaries.

Unlike his predecessor, who seemed to believe that Washington should retaliate against governments that didn't support American policies, Mr Obama insisted that diplomatic isolation and economic sanctions are not effective ways to turn enemies into friends. Instead, he launched a series of diplomatic openings, trying...

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