While Democrats may lack a coherent vision on foreign policy, Research Director Shadi Hamid takes a look at how a progressive alternative to neoconservativism may be taking shape in part one of an article for the American Prospect on August 23, 2006.

“Don’t doubt yourselves. We know who we are.” Senator Barak Obama said those words to an audience of progressives in a well-received speech at the Take Back America conference in June. If only it were true. When it comes to foreign policy, we do not know who we are, at least not yet.

Today, significant fault lines divide the left on a host of major foreign policy questions. If such disagreements were simply a matter of differing policy prescriptions, that would be one thing. But the divisions are of a more fundamental nature — a product of competing meta-narratives liberals hold to understand America’s role in a post-9/11 world.

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