Obama Administration

Accomplishments on International Relations

  • President Obama becomes the first President to visit Hiroshima laying a wreath at Peace Memorial Park
  • Cuban citizens witnessed Cuban President Raul Castro take questions from the media for the first time during press conference with President Obama
  • Public Wi-Fi areas in Cuba greatly expanded since American telecommunication companies were allowed to do business in the country
  • President Obama becomes the first U.S. President to visit Cuba since 1928 after successful diplomatic negotiations
  • Cubans may open U.S. bank accounts under new rule by the Treasury and Commerce Departments
  • U.S. citizens may travel to Cuba for people-to-people educational reasons under new rule by the Treasury and Commerce Departments
  • Moderates winning a majority in Iran's parliament and Assembly of Experts partially attributed to improved diplomacy and landmark nuclear deal with major world powers
  • American citizens may fly to Cuba for the first time in 50 years after the two countries sign an agreement restoring commercial air travel
  • Four United States citizens imprisoned in Iran released after a prisoner swap between the United States and Iran
  • Ten Navy sailors detained by Iran after accidentally sailing into their waters freed within 24 hours through diplomatic negotiations
  • 53 political prisoners in Cuba released as a show of good will in the ongoing restoratiation of diplomatic relationship between the two countries
  • United States restores diplomatic relationship with Cuba after 50 year freeze
  • President Obama issues executive order allowing the parents of children who are U.S. citizens or legal residents to continue residing in the United States
    Nov 20 2014
  • President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have first formal communication between the two nations in 35 years
  • Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng relocates to the United State after diplomatic agreement between China and the Obama administration
  • Restrictions eased on Cuba travel, money transfers, and cellular telephone/satellite service.