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Obama’s Exceptional Opportunity

As the United States’ era as a hyperpower ends, the sense of exceptionalism that has long guided US policy is increasingly being called into question. But the US must not allow isolationist impulses – or conservative hardliners – to prevent it from seizing the diplomatic opening presented by Iran's recent overtures.

NEW DELHI – The United States’ era as a hyperpower has ended, leaving its policymakers to confront difficult questions about their country’s global role. Should the US continue to act with its traditional sense of embodying an exceptional destiny in and for the world, or should it retreat into isolationism?