The Psychology Section Presents Barack Obama as a Global Leader

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The Psychology Section Presents Barack Obama as a Global Leader

Monday, March 10, 2014

The New York Academy of Sciences

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Coming from a multinational, multiracial, multicultural, and multi-religious family with roots in North America, Africa, Asia and several Pacific islands, Barack Obama is his country's first global president and the first to endorse a truly multicultural identity both for himself and his country. Moreover, Obama's childhood also prepared him for a deeper understanding of global problems and developments, and especially those that are influenced by ongoing economic, political, military, and cultural developments in Pacific Rim countries. This social psychological presentation, which has been inspired in part by two books, Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President (Sharma, 2012) and The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century (Sharma & Gielen, 2014) focuses on Obama's attempts to provide global leadership.

The authors examine Obama's efforts in light of the social psychological literature on leadership and review how the American president is perceived and judged by the public around the world. While Obama remains more popular in many parts of the world than at home, there is a common perception that his pursuit of progressive goals is undermined by his realpolitik which tends to sacrifice these goals at the altar of perceived US-American security, political, and economic interests.

A special focus of this presentation is Obama's "Asian Pivot" within the context of American Exceptionalism, including his attempts to shape the relationship between the United States and China in the face of China's increasing economic and military power. The authors conclude by raising questions about the next American century or what he State Department has projected will be "America's Pacific Century."

Speakers

Uwe P. Gielen, PhD

IICCP, St. Francis College

Dinesh Sharma, PhD

SUNY-Binghamton, IICCP, St. Francis College

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Uwe P. Gielen, PhD

IICCP, St. Francis College

Uwe P. Gielen (PhD in Social Psychology, Harvard University) is the founder and executive director of the Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology at St. Francis College in New York. He is the editor of some twenty cross-culturally oriented books including (with Jefferson Fish and Juris Draguns) Handbook of Culture, Therapy, and Healing (2004) and (with Roy Moodley and Rosa Wu) Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy in an International Context (2013). He also serves as the coeditor of The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century. Having lectured in 33 countries on topics related to international psychology, he has served as president of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, the International Council of Psychologists, and the International Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. He is also a former chair of the NYAS Psychology Section and a fellow of the Academy.

Dinesh Sharma, PhD

SUNY-Binghamton, IICCP, St. Francis College

Dinesh Sharma (PhD in Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University) is the author of Barack Obama in Hawai'i and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President, which was rated as the Top 10 Black History Book for 2012 by the American Library Association. He is the author and editor of six books including The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century (Mar. 2014) and Psychoanalysis, Culture and Religion (Jan. 2014). He is a regular columnist for Asia Times Online, The Global Intelligence, and contributor to Al Jazeera English, Eastern Eye, News Blaze, and many other news websites. Currently, he is Associate Research Professor (Hon.) at the Institute for Global Studies, State University of New York- Binghamton, Senior Fellow at the Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Research in New York, and a host and producer at Princeton TV, New Jersey.

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