International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

3I Personality and Politics: Obama For and Against Himself

(Session Organizer) Stephen Wayne, Georgetown University; (Discussant) Tom Cronin, Colorado College; (Discussant) Jerrold M. Post, The George Washington University

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: Georgetown University
Research Area: Leadership and political personality

The Roundtable discussion will focus on the impact of Barack Obama's character, beliefs, and operating style on his decision making as president. I will extend the analysis presented in my recently published book, Personality and Politics: Obama For and Against Himself, to the president's major foreign policy decisions in 2011, focusing on those that pertain to Middle East policy. I will also try to anticipate the president's domestic decisional style and likely policy outcomes as the 2012 election approaches.