Obama's Foreign Policy
Transcripts of Major Addresses
On April 5, 2009, the same day North Korea launched a rocket over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean, Obama promised a new effort to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons and stop the spread of nuclear material.
Obama delivered a direct appeal to the Islamic world on June 4, 2009, for a "new beginning" with the United States, acknowledging historical mistakes made over centuries in the name of culture and religion that he said are now overshadowed by shared interests.
In his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office, Obama addressed a special session of the Parliament of Ghana on July 11, 2009, calling on people of Africa to seize control of their future by building strong, democratic institutions and eliminating corruption.
On Sept. 23, 2009, Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly, challenging other nations to join with the United States in solving international crises, including war, nuclear proliferation, economic distress and the environment.