Mann, author in residence at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced Studies has a series of award winning books on American foreign policy to his credit.
The session stressed on ideas backing Obama's foreign policy, variations in his approach from that of the previous Democrat presidents like Bill Clinton and most importantly to what extent indeed his current policy differed from that when he first took office in 2009.
Mann illustrated Obama personally in the lines of the much-talked-about 'hawks vs doves' concept.
He said that with increasing troops in Afghanistan in his very first year in office that had pricked all ears up, to pulling out troops from Iraq, although at a slightly delayed hour, Obama does not classify in either of the two: Realists or Idealists.
The present Syria issue was almost brushed past by Mann who said that since the last two years Obama had been eager to limit American intervention despite facing criticism both at home and overseas.
Concluding his speech Mann said that with 'idealistic' speeches but almost solely 'realistic' activities, Obama was a man between two poles - leaving the commoners with no choice of predictability.
Sanjay Budhia, Managing Director, Patton International limited and Sumantra Bose, Professor of International and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics were also present in the session.
--IBNS (Posted on 18-09-2013)