Obama’s Foreign Policy Priorities
Over at New Atlanticist, we’ve been running a series all week on the Foreign Policy Priorities for the Next President.
In addition to my introductory post, we’ve run installments by Elizabeth Jones, a retired U.S. career ambassador whose posts included Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia, former Saloman Smith Barney managing director Ronald Freeman, Woodrow Wilson School Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Undersecretary of Defense Walter Slocombe, former RAND Europe president and NSC official David Gompert, and former NATO ambassador Robert Hunter. A contribution from two-time National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft is awaiting final approval.
My boss, Council president and CEO Fred Kempe, tells Deutsche Welle that Barack Obama will improve transatlantic ties (which, frankly, won’t be hard) but that he’s got to hit the ground running to manage several inherited and looming crises all at once. Writing with Bob Hutchings in Foreign Policy, he argues that Obama would be advised to follow Dwight Eisenhower’s dictum, “If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it” and create a Global Grand Bargain.
As for myself, I see Obama’s chief tasks as follows:
- Gain Credibility.
- Rebuild World Financial Institutions.
- Redefine the War on Terrorism.
- Recalibrate Transatlantic Relations.
- Establish Pragmatic Realism.
I outline what I mean by these here.