Back to Work – By Colum Lynch | Foreign Policy

Finally can the UN now address Rwanda, Syria, the arms trade treaty and other pressing issues?  Expert UN watcher Column Lynch observes that the US administration will be pushed on Monday when the Human Rights Council vote arrives for a coveted Western bloc space.

Back to Work – By Colum Lynch | Foreign Policy.


2 thoughts on “Back to Work – By Colum Lynch | Foreign Policy”

  1. As President Obama has already so candidly stated, he has more flexibility now that the election is over. Whether that means more negotiations with Russia on nuclear weapons, a freer hand to extend US influence in Middle Eastern crises, or fundamentally the continuation of the Obamacare here in America, the president’s plans could go in any direction. Having an incumbent president offers America and the world a sense of continuity and allows for more intricate relations between states. However, knowing that you don’t have to run for re-election makes listening to the people all the harder. Knowing how different President Obama’s agenda has been compared to many other presidents, these next four years may be quite the ride. Already the president has a planned trip to Asia. On this quick venture he will stop in Myanmar to negotiate and meet with the leaders there. Obama hopes to make the US presence strong in the region as both Myanmar and Cambodia make the slow road towards democracy (and it continues to be a very, very slow road). What President Obama will say in Asia and what his goals are in the region remain uncertain, but we can only hope that during his final term that the president will do his best to build a positive America here at home and around the world, relying on the American people’s voices to guide his actions.

  2. I think incumbents lack the opportunity to open up new dialogues with other countries if they were not as cooperative as they were during the last term. A newly elected president might have done better at it because lack of his or her information might give some hope for room of negotiation to the other countries. Maybe, it would have been easier for the U.S. to re-engage in active communication with other entities such as Talibans and Palestinians who view President Obama’s last four years with deep cynicism, had America elected a new face as their new president. However, there are still things that President Obama can do to set things right and influence international community to secure national interest. For example, he will have to construct a comprehensive plan to tackle foreign policy with the Muslim world. His words might indicate optimism but controversial decisions that he has made, such as killing Osama Bin Laden and drone strikes that killed many civillians, etc. are enraging the people and some are becoming terrorist sympathizers as a result. He will need to take responsibility as the president to recover this valuable relationship. ( Here are more foreign policy suggestions mde by Ahmed Rashid, it is an excerpt of his latest book “Pakistan on the Brink: The future of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West” published on the BBC website.

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