Obama and the Promotion of International Science

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Science  02 Nov 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6107, pp. 610-612
DOI: 10.1126/science.1230970

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Six months after his 2009 inauguration, U.S. President Obama spoke at Cairo University in Egypt and called for a new beginning in relations between the United States and Muslim-majority countries, defined by collaboration in science and technology (1). Innovation, according to the president, is the “currency of the 21st century” and the means by which the United States and its partners would create new jobs and tackle the global challenges of climate change, hunger, and disease. The Cairo speech remains a seminal moment in President Obama's broader initiative to ramp up U.S. cooperation in international science as a core component of his foreign policy agenda (2).