Michael Fullilove is the director of the global issues program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia and a nonresident senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. A lawyer and historian by training, he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and served as an adviser to the Australian prime minister. Fullilove’s next book, on the Second World War, will be published by The Penguin Press. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/mfullilove.

At the U.N. this week, President Obama will promote a foreign policy straight out of the community organizer's playbook: one that demands progressivism, accountability—and engagement of the enemy.

The administration’s postponed trip to Australia and Indonesia, in order to focus on U.S. health care, has caused tittering in Asian capitals. Such concerns are misguided. From background to focus to tactics, Michael Fullilove writes from Sydney, Obama has a chance to become the first truly Pacific president.