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  • President Obama on 8 Years of American Leadership in the World
  • Historic Diplomacy and Collective Action
  • Hola, Cuba!
  • President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Paris Agreement on October 5, 2016
  • International efforts to end the Ebola epidemic in West Africa
  • Establishment of the Global Health Security Agenda
  • President Obama Speaks at a Town Hall With Young Leaders of the Americas in Jamaica
  • National Security and American Values
  • President Obama on the U.S. Strategy to Defeat ISIL
  • The Asia Rebalance and 21st Century Opportunity
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
  • President Obama Visits Hiroshima
  • Advancing the Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific
  • National and Economic Security in Cyberspace
  • Development Based on Real Outcomes and Real Lives
  • White House Summit on Global Development
  • Partnering with Africa on Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation
  • Power Africa Initiative to double access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Let Girls Learn Initiative
  • Strength and Resilience at Home
  • National Preparedness System

American Leadership in the World

When President Obama took office in 2009, America was engaged in two costly wars, faced a global economic crisis, and had a diminished standing with our allies and around the world. The President has refocused and reaffirmed American leadership in the world, recognizing that American strength derives not only from our military power but also our economic vitality, the depth and breadth of our global partnerships, and our values. In doing so, the President has remained relentless in taking action against terrorist networks, while also focusing on key emerging regions and policies that will shape the 21st century.

A bar chart showing that the number of troops deployed in Iraq was 144,000 in 2009, 44,000 in 2010, and 6,000 in 2016. A bar chart showing that the number of troops deployed in Afghanistan was 32,800 in 2009, 100,000 in 2010, and 8,400 in 2016.

Historic Diplomacy and Collective Action


Secured a landmark multilateral deal to roll back the Iranian nuclear program and verify that Iran cannot obtain a nuclear weapon

If Iran tries to build a nuclear bomb today, how long would it take?

Nuclear physicists, military officials, non-proliferation experts, and more than 100 countries across the globe have all voiced their support for the Iran nuclear deal because it is the best solution available to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon without taking military action. Learn mroe about the Iran Nuclear Deal.



Built a historic opening to Cuba, ending a failed policy of over 50 years by re-establishing diplomatic relations and facilitating greater travel, commerce, and people-to-people ties

On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced that he was rejecting the failed, Cold War-era policy era of the past to chart a new course in Cuba. View a timeline of our new course in Cuba.



Watch: West Wing Week 3/25/16 or, “¡Hola, Cuba!”


Led global effort to achieve the Paris Agreement among 196 countries to take real action on climate change that calls for strong transparency, ensuring countries adhere to ambitious emissions reduction goals and setting the world on a course to cut carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases

President Obama Delivers a Statement on the Paris Agreement on October 5, 2016

Learn more about President Obama's historic commitment to protecting the environment and reversing climate change.


Secured bilateral agreements with China, India, Brazil, South Africa, and Mexico to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change

Big news: the United State and China just announced new targets to reduce carbon pullution

Read the joint announcement between the United States and China to work together toward the common good.



Ensured the United States remained the world’s largest donor in humanitarian aid for refugees and displaced persons around the world, safely increased refugees accepted in the United States, and spurred global action with international and private sector partners in response to the worst refugee crisis since World War II


Secured the New START agreement, made substantial reductions in the U.S. nuclear stockpile, and reduced the role of nuclear weapons in our security strategy


Advanced a broader Latin America strategy through Central American development and security and the 100,000 Strong educational program

President Obama Speaks at a Town Hall With Young Leaders of the Americas in Jamaica

Read the President’s remarks


Strengthened cooperation with the United States' closest neighbors – Mexico and Canada – to secure our borders and grow the regional economy

National Security and American Values

The Asia Rebalance and 21st Century Opportunity


Negotiated and concluded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12-country agreement representing nearly 40 percent of global economic output, to increase American trade with the fastest growing region in the world, based on an open, transparent, and level playing field

November 16, 2015: Fact Sheet: Advancing the Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific


Learn more about the Trans-Pacific Partnership



Expanded areas of cooperation with China while candidly addressing differences on human rights, cybersecurity, and the South China Sea

July 27, 2016: Why I’m Here: The Importance of the U.S.-China Relationship by Ambassador Susan Rice



Modernized alliances with Japan and South Korea

President Obama Visits Hiroshima


October 16, 2015: Joint Fact Sheet: The United States-Republic of Korea Alliance: Shared Values, New Frontiers



Concluded new defense agreements with Australia and the Philippines that allow for the forward deployment of U.S. military assets for security cooperation and rapid response throughout the Asia-Pacific region

January 19, 2016:​ FACT SHEET: United States – Australia Cooperation: Deepening Our Strategic Partnership


Watch: President Obama Addresses the University of Queensland



Deepened relations with key emerging partners like Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, and Malaysia

FACT SHEET: Advancing the Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific​


Watch: President Obama reflects on His Historic Visit in Laos



Forged a 21st century partnership with India that includes closer cooperation on development and trade; defense and security; and clean energy and combating climate change

June 7, 2016: Joint Statement: The United States and India: Enduring Global Partners in the 21st Century


Watch: On Board with Kal Penn: Travels with President Obama in India



Strengthened the Asia-Pacific region’s institutional architecture through direct presidential engagements in multilateral fora like ASEAN, EAS, and APEC to reinforce their important role in establishing a rules-based order with common norms and principles

September 8, 2016: Fact Sheet: FACT SHEET: U.S.-ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos




Supported Burma’s historic transition to democracy by establishing a U.S. ambassador in Rangoon, increasing assistance, closely monitoring the first successful elections resulting in a peaceful transfer of power in Burma’s history, and lifting sanctions to bring Burma into the global economy

September 15, 2016: Watch: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi reflects on her first visit to the U.S. as an elected leader of Burma



National and Economic Security in Cyberspace


Instituted a cybersecurity framework to raise the level of cybersecurity in our public, private, and consumer sectors to empower Americans to take better control of their digital security

February 12, 2014: Launch of the Cybersecurity Framework



Directed the creation of a nonpartisan Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, including experts from the public and private sectors and academia, who assessed the state of cybersecurity in the United States and recommended bold, actionable steps to bolster our security in today's digital world

December 2, 2016: Statement by the President on the Report of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity



Directed the Federal Government to take new actions in responding to and recovering from cyber incidents

July 26, 2016: Presidential Policy Directive -- United States Cyber Incident Coordination




Established the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) to integrate all U.S. intelligence and analysis of malicious cyber threats to the nation

February 25, 2015: Cyber Thread Intelligence Integration Center




Authorized the imposition of economic sanctions on any malicious cyber actors seeking to harm critical infrastructure, damage computer systems, or steal trade secrets and sensitive information

April 1, 2015: FACT SHEET: Executive Order Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities



Development Based on Real Outcomes and Real Lives


Launched initiatives to build ties with young leaders of tomorrow in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Europe

Young African Leaders Initiative

Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative


Watch: President Obama participates in the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit with Mark Zuckerberg and entrepreneurs


Learn more about the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit




Committed the United States to the Sustainable Development Goals, including halving the number of people living in poverty by 2030

Watch: President Obama delivers remarks at White House Development Day


Learn more about the White House Summit on Global Development



Led the campaign that mobilized $22 billion in food security and agriculture assistance through programs like the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition and Feed the Future

July 28, 2015: Fact Sheet: Partnering with Africa on Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation



Maintained the largest investment by any nation to put an AIDS-free generation within our reach

September 26, 2015: Chart of the Week: How President Obama Plans to Put an AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach



Launched the Power Africa Initiative to double access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa

July 25, 2015: Fact Sheet: Power Africa


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