U.S. Foreign Relations
Written by Diana Thebaud Nicholson // December 16, 2010 // Afghanistan, Americas, Cleo Paskal, David Kilgour, Egypt, Foreign Policy, Middle East & Arab World, Oil & gas, Rights & Social justice, Security, Terrorism, U.S., United Nations // 1 Comment
(Foreign Policy): How Does the U.S. Decide Which Governments to Recognize?
It tries not to.
Leaders of G-20 Vow to Reshape Global Economy
NYT WikiLeaks State’s secrets
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Holbrooke: Astride the Khyber Pass
(Foreign Policy) Why, when it comes to U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, replacing Richard Holbrooke will be nearly impossible.
Veteran U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke dies
Longtime U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke — who brokered peace talks that ended war in Bosnia, and was trying to do the same in Afghanistan and Pakistan — died Monday from complications arising from surgery. Holbrooke was 69. His career in foreign service included a stint as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. His death could have serious implications on U.S. efforts to administer the war in Afghanistan, which relies greatly on diplomacy and various forms of aid. The Washington Post (12/14) NYT Strong American Voice in Diplomacy and Crisis; Nicholas Kristof: Richard Holbrooke, RIP
The Not So Quiet American
(Spiegel) Richard Holbrooke wasn’t just President Barack Obama’s special representative to Afghanistan, he was the embodiment of US foreign policy — with all its strengths and weaknesses. Washington is mourning his death. Not exactly a whole-hearted tribute
Cleo Paskal — WikiLeaks: New Zealand Sells Itself as “a more Pacific country” than Australia – And As Key to Pacific Security. US Buys It.
WikiLeaks has given New Zealand’s Sunday Star-Times 1,490 diplomatic cables from the United States’ Wellington Embassy. To date, only a few of those cables have been publicly released. However, they clearly indicate an increasingly close relationship between New Zealand and the U.S., as well as an increasing reliance by the U.S. on New Zealand when it comes to Pacific security issues.
While a closer relationship is desirable, given the growing importance of the Pacific in global affairs, primary reliance on New Zealand to guide the way in the Pacific is not sufficient and leaves the region vulnerable to outside influences and internal instability.
(Stratfor) Taking Stock of WikiLeaks
Julian Assange has declared that geopolitics will be separated into pre-“Cablegate” and post-“Cablegate” eras. That was a bold claim. However, given the intense interest that the leaks produced, it is a claim that ought to be carefully considered. … U.S. diplomats come away looking sharp, insightful and decent. While their public statements after a conference may be vacuous, it is encouraging to see that their read of the situation and of foreign leaders is unsentimental and astute.
Spokespersons of US Right ‘In Most Cases Stunningly Ignorant’
Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski says that US diplomacy will continue as before despite the leak of diplomatic dispatches by WikiLeaks. He spoke with SPIEGEL about how US President Obama should react and how the American right sees the world.
Diplomats’ work hobbled by revelations
(The Independent) The US government is being forced to undertake a major reshuffle of the embassy staff whose work has been laid bare by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.
Tom Friedman: The Big American Leak
Fifty years ago, the world was shaped in a certain way, to promote certain values, because America had the leverage to shape it that way. We have been steadily losing that leverage because of our twin addictions to Middle East oil and Chinese credit — and the WikiLeaks show just what crow we have to eat because of that. I know, some problems — like how we deal with a failing state like Pakistan that also has nukes — are innately hard, and ending our oil and credit addictions alone will not solve them. But it sure would give us more leverage to do so — and more insulation from the sheer madness of the Middle East if we can’t.
John Bolton: WikiLeaks cables: Barack Obama is a bigger danger
WikiLeaks harms the US. But the president’s refusal to acknowledge the threats we face is a bigger danger
(The Guardian) … Unfortunately, the administration has acted consistently with its demonstrated unwillingness to assert and defend US interests across a wide range of threats, such as Iran and North Korea, which, ironically, the leaked cables amply document.
Cables Depict Range of Obama Diplomacy
Mr. Obama’s style seems to be: Engage, yes, but wield a club as well — and try to counter the global doubts that he is willing to use it.
David Jones: WikiLeaks document deluge remains a diplomatic, public relations disaster, says former diplomat
Forewarned is forearmed, but however useful the ‘forearming,’ WikiLeaks releases were a nasty body blow.
It is not a question regarding whether foreign officials will talk with U.S. diplomats—talk yes, but trust? WikiLeaks may be forgiven, but hardly forgotten.
Richard Haas: American Foreign Policy After the Mid-Term Elections
(Council on Foreign Relations) … the fact that foreign policy did not materially affect the November elections does not mean that the results will not affect US foreign policy. They will, but in ways that are inconsistent and even surprising.
Obama’s India Trip To Help Boeing, GE; China Seen As “Invisible Bear”
(Forbes) President Obama delivered on most counts, though some critics said that he played to the gallery offering India nothing more substantial than a ticket to Mars!
Obama endorses India for U.N. Security Council seat
(WaPost) President Obama endorsed India’s desire for a permanent seat on an expanded U.N. Security Council, a symbolic gesture sure to cement the goodwill he earned on a visit here this week but equally likely to trouble neighboring China and Pakistan. (The Economist) Song-and-dance partners
Canada lost UN seat because it lacked U.S. support: ex-spokesman
(National Post) The Obama administration is facing accusations it snubbed Canada in its quest for a United Nations Security Council seat by failing to campaign on behalf of its northern neighbour.
Charles G. Cogan: “Deadlines ‘R’ Us”
(Op-Ed, The Huffington Post) …President Obama is adhering to a deadline in Iraq agreed to by his predecessor, and on the other he has set his own deadline for Afghanistan; in a certain way, the former deadline becomes associated with the latter deadline and acts as a ‘cover’ for the latter…which is to say, if American troops can be withdrawn from Iraq, why can they not also be withdrawn from Afghanistan? … Those who decried the late 2009 juxtaposition of surge and withdrawal as contradictory and naïve might give it a second thought. Perhaps it was not such a dumb idea after all.