A trickier world for president
Experts across the world have been raising doubts about President Barack Obama's ability to address foreign policy challenges following the mid-term election defeat.
Mr Obama will continue to have a free hand in matters of foreign policy, but getting results could be difficult because of his diminished standing and the Republicans' advances in Congress.
US presidents have often diverted their energies to foreign policy after mid-term defeats. Bill Clinton built a reputation as an international statesman after the Republican takeover in 1994.
Mr Obama may be contemplating the experience of Woodrow Wilson. In 1919, the Senate blocked Wilson's plans for the US to join the League of Nations. Wilson responded by starting an 8,000-mile campaign -- and suffered a stroke. (© Daily Telegraph, London)