What Foreign Policy Objectives Should the Obama Administration Establish as its Top Priorities?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
January 20, 2009
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State designate Hillary Clinton

On January 20, 2009, President Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America. What foreign policy objectives should the Obama Administration establish as its top priorities?

What foreign policy objectives should the Obama Administration establish as its top priorities?

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joe
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Tennessee, USA
January 21, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

LOVED Obamas spin on Hemmingways: The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger in the broken places. PERFECT....

1. Economic viability and stability. Like it or not, we are a democracy premised on monetary trade; regardless of the terminology you wish to use to identify it. The creation of the European dollar combined with the stability of other world powers who may decide not to continue using U.S. currency is a realistic problem and hits the average American in every respect. Warren Buffett put it best: We have a Pearl Harbor economic situation right now and is going to work with the current Administration.

2. New methodology of diplomacy. We seemed to be strong where we did not need be and weak where we should have. This is hindsight and Russia is the prime example. Due to being outmaneuvered and with our pants down, we over reacted and created a rift diplomatically. Russia is not the Russia of old, but a stronger one with much more Nationalistic support of its people for the government and a democracy exist which once never was. Our view of Putin pulling in the ropes to get control of his country as a KGB ideology when the free market path went array was his responsibility as a leader for the greater good of his people. He never said he was going to wave an American Flag as a leader, but put his country back to its rightful place. Whatever politics Putin played in between, the mistake was our own. He has always been open about his overviews. We were simply suckered and having been in DC, the last people to say they made a mistake are the specialist. China is another example and has to be handled separately, not linearly as if it were Russia. India is another separate problem, while the U.S. has outsourced many of our computer programming and service related jobs there, it has come at a greater cost than anticipated and while it has strong ties to Russia, the purchase of an entire military force shows they want independence and will soon be population greater than China and better educated.

3. Putting out the fires. We need a much stronger view in putting out the fires world wide as there are times in which diplomacy will simply not work and to think such will result in many more Rwanda's.

4. HOPE above all the cry of HOPE is what America stands for and that ideology for Freedom and human respect must never be lost. While we put out the olive branch first, we must take action quicker when the hand does not open to accept it. Perhaps this should be first?

5. Counterfeiting of currency: The amount of counterfeit monies worldwide alone cause the alteration of many world currencies. While we tend to view only narcotics, arms trade and human trafficking as the major money makers, the simplest of all methods have been used in astronomical amounts in the last decade. Why it has been overlooked is very questionable to say the least.

6. Crime. Crime is a social element. Like the herding instinct: When crime is not organized, it becomes terroristic and political in nature-and seeks itself at the extreme ends in quantity. When it is organized too much, it becomes a control element with power exceeding much political leadership worldwide. Since it will always exist, a methodology for control must be established by world governments. IT is a reality.

7. Working with the UN to deal with corporate greed and establish something like the Logan act. The countries most in view of this are France, Germany, China and the U.S. -- it is not the countries Governments; but, the greed of corporations that deliberately violate their home countries laws by relocation. Imagine, the very machetes that were used in the genocide in Rwanda came from France, drafted through a French bank that took US currency, meant for the people in rebuilding; but, used for its own purpose claiming insolvency. There must be a stronger set of enforcable laws within the UN to make corporations accountable. Many of the woes of our world are directly related to Greed and nothing more...we need to be builders.

Amon...

Constance
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Massachusetts, USA
January 21, 2009

Constance in Massachusetts writes:

Peace in the Middle East -- achieved through diplomacy, beginning with extensive, personal, private (totally out of the limelight) discussions between the Secretary of State and Queen Noor of Jordan, who has a fantastic grasp of the situation. (If one wants change, one must do something different.)

Nathan
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United States
January 21, 2009

Nathan in U.S.A. writes:

The Obama Administration should set as their top priorities the following:

1. Decrease the hegemonic approach to global solutions. In such an interconnected world, there is very little use for unilateral actions from the United States.

2. Eliminating and/or decreasing the use of U.S. contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. For some projects this may not be completely obtainable; however, for the smaller projects, NGOs have proven to be able to make more effective use of money and have much less overhead costs.

3. Ending the "War on Terror". The name itself is horrendous for the fact that you cannot win a war on terror. Terrorism is not something tangible that you can fight-its an ideal.

4. Winning over the minds of the global youth. The only reason that terrorist elements are able to recruit people to join their ranks, is because the children have nothing. They often grow up in impoverished areas, which provides no true school. These children are then offered some money to go and learn at a madrasah, where in turn they are taught a false version of Islam. Education, not war, is the answer. For further information on this subject I would direct you to read Greg Mortenson's book titled "Three Cups of Tea." Further information can be found in a quick google search. Mr. Mortenson is the Executive Director of the Central Asia Institute. [Also may I add-the fact that the State Department has offered the CAI 2M dollars in funding, but its dependent upon when & where the government decides the funds to be used is just awful. I think Mr. Mortenson's work speaks for itself as he's been able to build schools and travel to remote villages in Pakistan and Afganistan. I surely hope this stance changes in the future.]

5. Human Rights & Human Trafficking & Asylum. Human Trafficking is the most horrendous violation of a person's rights. The issue is not talked much about because its horrendous to think about, yet there is much work that needs to be done. In the United States alone, we have people who are trafficked here and forced to work in brothels.

Ultimately, our foreign policy cannot be triaged. Our world has many problems and there are only so many solutions. Our goals the past few years has been selfish and lacked foresight. We need to as a global community come together and discuss real issues. The cold war mentality has to go. How are we to ever have global peace and prosperity if we refuse to talk with people whose ideas differ from our own. I believe the ethnocentric foreign policy approach we have taken has failed our nation greatly.

Theresa
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Iowa, USA
January 21, 2009

Theresa in Iowa writes:

Exerting all efforts to make make Israel honor the 1967 boundaries and give the Palestinians back their land and avert another war. Israel must NOT be allowed to use settler colonialism and U.S. weapons to build "greater Israel". They must be a SECULAR, MULTICULTURAL state - or it will be war war war -- funded by Brooklyn Jews and Texas Evangelists.

PLEASE stop selling arms to Israel, and talk to Hamas and Fatah to form a coalition, and get the Israelis back within their borders. It's the #1 problem in the world, and AIPAC doesn't run the country, they just TELL you they do.

Melinda
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California, USA
January 21, 2009

Melinda in California writes:

It is difficult to decide what foreign policy objective(s) to focus on; unfortunately, the choices out there are too numerous to contemplate. We need to fix our own country FIRST; only by fixing Domestic Policy can we repair our reputation with the foreign community.

Extend the olive branch to all countries who wish to be our ally, and let them come to us. Look to the successful domestic policies of other countries and LEARN from them (i.e., Education policy in Asian countries)and APPLY those successful policies. Let the United Nations be the World's Police Force, and trust that justice will prevail. Repeal NAFTA (sorry, Secretary Clinton)-bring those jobs back to the USA. Stop accepting bribes from Big Corporations who want to influence the way Foreign Policy is written to begin with.

But that doesn't mean we have to run away with our tails between our legs to lick our wounds; even the best adversaries know when to retreat to their respective corners and regroup!
Once we pick OURSELVES up, dust OURSELVES off, and move OURSELVES forward, can we once again be the United States that the world USED TO look up to.

A.K.Chatterjee
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India
January 22, 2009

Chatterjee in India writes:

Stregthen UN army and it's dispute monitoring system so that it can play both more pro-active and active role resolution of dispute anywhere in world so that no individual country has to intervene militarily anywhere in the world except in self defence.

Mobilise U.S. resources for alleviation of poverty in developing countries in a manner which helps it overcome recession now and establish an economic order based on strength of each country and promoting consumption and free flow of goods and services among all nations of the world. For example: U.S. must open channels of cooperation with India in the field of agriculture to create market for U.S. agricultural surplus by helping India to shift it's farming pattern to alternative crops, invigorate India's food processing sector for economic empowerment at grass root level for increased demand of goods and services from devloped countries. Similarly, India and U.S. must cooperate in housing sector (PURA like projects.) I would be happy to associate myself with orgo like USAID for designing and execute a program prototype in India ideally.

U.S. must get to the depth of Chinese ultimate foreign policy objectives and challenges posed by them to countries in Asia and rest of the world including USA.

U.S. must evolve a response to Chinese challenge by involving empowring countries of South Asia and South East Asia.

U.S. must promote growth of population in Europe, Japan and Australia to generate demand of goods and services in next 5 years onwards.

The above thoughts are inspired by one basic thought all nations must empower it's people to create market for all kinds of goods and services. This is not to say that sometime all countries have to moderate consumption and production in a calibrated manner for optimal utilisation of world resources.

sam
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Illinois, USA
January 22, 2009

Sam writes:

Do we really want to close our excellent facility at Guantanamo Bay Cuba? The place has history; in chapter three of Benjamin Witte?s book, Law and the Long War, a detailed description of the camp is given. It would be the ideal location to house illegal aliens prior to deportation. GITMO could be use by DHS/ICE to house all non violent detainees both men and women. I?m sure GITMO meets the minimum standards set forth in the following documentation (http://www.ice.gov/partners/dro/PBNDS/index.htm ). Instead of each State housing illegal?s in its own ICE facility, Guantanamo Bay could be the holding and processing point for deportations nationwide. This might be a cost effective solution for the taxpayer. The book goes on to say that GITMO has excellent communication capabilities and can be accessed by boat and aircraft. Why close the place when it could be used for other purposes. If a bird flu pandemic were to breakout where would we quarantine folks? One of the many unintended consequences of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has been the incarceration of so called illegal combatants. Yet.. . It troubles me that an individual stopped and finger printed in Kirkuk Iraq by US Military personnel, generates a positive criminal database hit for a crime/conviction in Detroit Michigan. Something needs to be done to keep non US citizens for staying in the US if they have committed a crime. They should serve time or be immediately deported if they are on a visa or in the country illegally. It?s incredibly easy to move around in the US, you don?t even have to show ID to board a bus at a Gray Hound bus terminal. All this being said; closing GITMO is not the right move. I mean you aren?t going to mothball the aircraft you used for extraordinary renditions. The airplane(s) is not guilty of human rights violations. You aren?t going to close military bases just because they might have been used to hold terror suspects before sending them to countries where more aggressive interrogation methods could be legally utilized. It just does not make since. Send the detainees back to where they belong and use the facility for something else. PS: The book Ghost Plane by Stephen Grey was excellent!! http://www.covertradioshow.com/podcast.cfm?pid=145

Allen
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District Of Columbia, USA
January 22, 2009

Allen in Washington writes:

I am thrilled to hear George Mitchell will be serving as Mideast envoy. The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is clearly a top priority.

I would like to see Cuban relations begin to move toward normalization.

Additionally I think that our Latin American policy in general should move towards tying trade to human rights.

I would pose a controversial idea: that we reconsider the way the war on drugs is funded and how it is carried out. My suggestion with regard to Marijuana is to remove Federal penalties, allow the states to prioritize it as they see fit, and move off interdiction as the primary focus. My theory is that by doing so you would cause the street price to drop as demand falls off, thus removing profits.

rob
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Kuwait
January 22, 2009

Rob in Kuwait writes:

As an American expat here in q8, at the risk of stating the obvious, difficult as it may be, getting something done with I/P should be the top priority. Needs to be. Putting a ton of stuff aside, to see the local/regional media around here, describing it as less than balanced is an early contender for understatement of the year. Plenty of front-page pictures of dead children, columns with lines like "Surely the Jews will cease to exist."

Much as there's seemingly at least some right and wrong on both sides, a lot of people in the Middle East have had and are having a steady diet of "It's all the other side's fault." As hardened and angry as the views are, it's only getting worse.

Bob
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Kansas, USA
January 22, 2009

Bob in Kansas writes:

Reform the United Nations so that it no longer ignores the plight of oppressed people around the world. There is no excuse for the UN's lack of action in the Sudan and Burma, for example.

Sylvanna
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New York, USA
January 22, 2009

Sylvanna in New York writes:

Mexico is a growing problem day by day. Not only for the people living inside of Mexico in fear, but also for the U.S.A. who is of course its northern neighbor. I am half Mexican, the majority of my family lives in a small mountain town that has recently be overrun with drug gangs...and I am therefore very close to the situation by way of weekly phone calls. Something must be done to help establish democratic rule throughout that will work to eradicate the drug cartels and rampant corruption that threatens not only the daily lives of Mexicans and foreigners living and visiting Mexico, but also its neighboring countries.

Andrew H.
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United Kingdom
January 22, 2009

Andrew in the United Kingdom writes:

The first priority should be the reigning in of Russia -- probably by aiding Europe in gaining more autonomy in energy policy.

The second should be pressure Israel into realising that it is a tiny country almost completely surrounded by larger countries that it has angered and humiliated for 40+ years. Only when Israel recognises the reality of its own situation will it begin to adopt a Realpolitik and negotiate with its neighbours and others on realistic terms. As it is, the U.S.A. props it up whenever propping is needed, and the results are not good for anyone, not even for Israel, which someday must cut the umbilical cord that ties it to the U.S.

Third, the U.S.A. should as quickly as possible adopt clear, simple, and fair immigration procedures that recognise the value of immigrants to the U.S.A. and that recognise that the U.S.A. is still the most desirable destination in the world. If we are serious about exporting the American Dream, we can start by importing people who already dream it and now want to achieve it. As it is, our policies are too often self-contrdictory, almost always arbitrary, many-times cruel, and generally do nothing to improve the reputation of the U.S.A. around the world.

alforhil
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Florida, USA
January 22, 2009

Alforhil in Florida writes:

Hillary ! Welcome to state department. Wish you the best and hope you will help forge better relations amongs nations around the world.

I hope you will tackle pakistan as one of the major threats to its neighbours, and the major breeding ground for terrorists. Please DO NOT put any stock on ISI. They created Taliban and they have been on a mission of hatred to destabilise both India and Afganisthan. Please examine the close nexus on ISI and chinese interests. Please make this among your top priority along with trying to bring some sort of peace to palestine and israel. Appeasing or legitimizing hamaz or hezbollah is not going to do it for sure..

Zach
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Georgia, USA
January 22, 2009

Zach in Georgia writes:

I'm a 17 year old high school student who has been working as an abolitionist since I was 12. I believe it is time to end our toleration of the sale of human beings. The abolition of modern day slavery must be a priority of the Department of State and every branch of the U.S. government. It should be considered as we evaluate our trade partners, designate funds for local community initiatives and it should be a priority for U.S. based corporations. Hundreds of thousands of students around the world have joined me in the fight against slavery through Loose Change to Loosen Chains and we have raised more than a half a million dollars to prevent slavery, rescue the enslaved and help them begin their new lives. I hope the Obama Administration will join us in the fight.

I have also launched an effort called Generation Change to help other students scale up their efforts to improve the world. This includes mobilizing students to fight malaria, bring fresh water to Africa, increase the literacy rate in America, help the homeless and sick in our communities and fight for the rights of women and children around the globe. We are the someone and today is the day!

REG
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United Kingdom
January 22, 2009

REG in the United Kingdom writes:

The United States of America should embrace and commit to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the basis for diplomatic initiatives relating to Palestine and Israel.

Of particular relevance is Article 2:

"Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in
this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race,
colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion,
national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the
political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or
territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent,
trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of
sovereignty."

As well as Article 7:

"All are equal before the law and are entitled without any
discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to
equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this
Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination."

Fred F.
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New York, USA
January 22, 2009

Fred F. in New York writes:

1. Over a decade of engagement has not resulted in better relations with, or a less dangerous North Korea. The new Administration should push for the collapse of the North Korean Government or at the very least stop talking with them. No good can come from negotiations with these thugs. Not during Bush's term. Not during Clinton's either.

2. The U.S. should formally recognize Taiwan.

3. Stop giving Russia about $1 billion in aid each year.

4. Stop stepping in to aid every nation's population. That is their own Government's responsibility. If the government fail in this responsibility (like Zimbabwe) then their leaders should be pursued in the International courts or other...

Thomas
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Tennessee, USA
January 22, 2009

Thomas in Tennessee writes:

In addition to replacing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with peace, the top objectives of the Obama Administration should be:

* Working to create a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.
* Working to create a lasting peace between India and Pakistan regarding Kashmir.
* Working to resolve the continuing crisis in Darfur.
* Supporting and strengthening democratic institutions in Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe as an alternative to pre-emptive war.

Bhuchung
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Virginia, USA
January 22, 2009

Bhuchung in Virginia writes:

As a proud Tibetan American I welcome Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. I believe there is an opportunity for the Obama Administration to show to the American people and the international community that the United States can play its rightful role as the leader of the world, with dignity and respect.

In terms of foreign policy priorities, I would hope that we will strongly support H.H. the Dalai Lama's initiative for a peaceful resolution of the Tibetan problem. Tibet is my country of origin and I care about its fate. I know that Secretary Clinton cares about Tibet, too. We need to see more concerted effort from the United States. I am glad that the Obama Administration "will work to ensure that China plays by international rules." We need to see that in action on Tibet.

I wish Secretary Clinton all success.

Miranda
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Illinois, USA
January 22, 2009

Miranda in Illinois writes:

A brief note--my area of study is the Middle East, so my suggestions will be biased toward that area. Iraq policy seems to be already on a path, and I don't know enough about Afghanistan to discuss it, so those obvious issues will be set aside.

The obvious one is Israel-Palestine. Beyond resolution of the conflict itself, as many have noted, the international perception that Israel is the tail wagging the U.S.'s dog has only grown in recent years; this can be alleviated both by a shift in American policy toward Israel (away from such blatant partisanship and more toward a mediating role) and by a new American willingness to engage--cautiously--with Israel's enemies.

The recent abdication (relatively speaking) of American hegemony in the region has begun to give rise to new, local mediators in the form of Turkey and Qatar. This should be encouraged, and the State department should coordinate with these countries where appropriate and beneficial. If the desire really is to have a functioning, self-ruling Middle East, rather than a continuation of colonial dependencies and resource-driven U.S. authority, then countries in the region will have to be capable of autonomous resolution of international disputes. Furthermore, issues such as Israel's continued occupation of the Golan Heights may be more easily resolved through a regional mediator like Turkey than through the U.S., with its baggage on the subject and loaded relationships with both countries.

On a general, philosophical level, the State Department must work to move away from the "clash of civilizations" perspective that has often dominated American conversations about the GWOT and the Arab World.

Stepping outside the regional focus, the State Dept. should do what it can to encourage the emergence of similar leaders in Africa. This phenomenon sort of exists (South Africa), but these countries are so embattled in their own development struggles that it is difficult for them to look far outside their borders. It may be (I have neither the data nor the econometric skills to prove this, but Paul Collier probably would have something to say about it) that investing in countries that are closer to the brink of prosperity, in the hopes that they can begin to spread progress or at least intervene in tragedy around their neighborhood, proves to be the highest-yield investment.

Finally, human trafficking is an under-discussed and ignored phenomenon around the world. I would speculate (in fact, I am speculating) that many of the loopholes that make this practice possible are potentially very convenient for terrorists and arms smugglers, and that attention to the issue could be beneficial from a human rights perspective, a defense perspective, and a development perspective.

Good luck!

Ursula
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District Of Columbia, USA
January 22, 2009

Ursula in Washington writes:

The comments already made on this topic reflect the wide range of daunting foreign policy and national security challenges that the Obama administration will need to tackle. To meet them, they will need to marshal substantial resources, and one of the most powerful is international education. It is through international education that we can establish a lasting foundation for dialogue and partnership with the rest of the world and create the conditions for lasting global peace, security, and well-being. As the Obama administration charts the challenging course of restoring America?s global reputation and extending a hand of partnership around the world, it should act decisively to elevate international education and exchange as a priority. There are a few key ways to do this: by ensuring that more Americans have an opportunity to study abroad -- deepening our cross-cultural awareness, foreign-language ability and international skills is an imperative in dealing with today's global problems; by restoring America's welcome to foreign students and scholars from around the world ? these are the next generation of foreign leaders, teachers, and innovators; and by strengthening international exchange and volunteer-service programs like the Peace Corps. For much more on this topic, see a report issued by NAFSA: Association of International Educators on public diplomacy: www.nafsa.org/pdpaper08

Terrance
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Missouri, USA
January 22, 2009

Terrance in Missouri writes:

Issue 1. Palestinean State. Without a state there will be no peace between Israel and the Palestineans. Without this peace, there will be instability throughout the middle east. The entire public of the Arab and Persian worlds are tied into this issue. Solve the issue and there is no other central issue to consolidate middle eastern support against the U.S. The flow of oil is essential to the health of the global economy which we are a part of......Israel drains funding from us, produces nothing we require. If they are hindering the process...drop them from the friends and allies list....

2. Solve the Iranian-Nuclear issue. With the Palestinean issue unresolved and Israel suggesting they have WMD with the means and doctrine to use it....that instability within the security environment of the middle east. There is no counterbalance to Israel's power. Not sure how to end this issue...Israel destroys their WMD, allow another nation-state to counterbalance Israel, or we extend our nuclear umbrella to protect middle eastern nations if Israel were to initiate hostilities with WMD. From a security perspective of a have - not...the situation is not acceptable.

3. Keep North Korea in the box. Follow the path the U.S. has followed through numeerous administrations (regardless of party) until they implode or agree to become part of South Korea. Work the issue so it is a soft implode with preparations for global humanitarian support.

Julie
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Illinois, USA
January 22, 2009

Julie in Illinois writes:

In light of the recent incursion into Gaza, and the huge loss of life of the Palestinians, not to mention Amnesty Internationale's confirmation of the use of white phosphorous bombs in densely populated civilian areas, I suggest the following steps be taken to assist in establishing a lasting peace in Israel/Palestine.

1. Insist the blockade be lifted to allow humanitarian aid and items intrinsic to economic survival into Palestine immediately
2. Immediately halt the building of all settlements and begin the dismantling of all "outposts"
3. Immediately investigate whether the using of phosphorous bombs in civilian areas is a violation of the Arms Export Control Act and punish accordingly if it is.
4. Immediately work to engage Hamas and Fatah and get them on the same page - without both entities, there will never be peace
5. Immediately get assurances from both Hamas and Fatah that any violations of the ceasefire by militants on either side will result in arrests and trial in accordance with the Palestinian Constitution not tribal law
6. Freeze all aid and arms shipments to Israel until significant progress has been made towards the first two points
7. Engage the international community to provide security for the checkpoints and remove all access requests from Israeli control
8. Put the international community in charge of determining what aid gets into Gaza. It should not be an Israeli decision as they state they are no longer "occupying" the country.
9. Send Americans into Gaza to determine what aid we could provide to rebuild their country and help their people. I would suggest evaluating the role wind and solar power could play in the rebuilding process, so they are no longer completely dependent on fuel and electricity from Israel
10. Engage the Palestinian and Israeli business communities as they have the most at stake and are the best able to assist in rebuilding decisions

Also, the United States should immediately sign and ratify the Landmine Treaty and the Cluster Bomb Treaty and insist that Israel, our ally, do the same.

These are simple and fair steps to take to ensure that we are seen as honest brokers of peace. Blindly backing Israel, no matter what tey do, is never going to result in peace for them or a settling of the Palestinian issue.

It will also be a boon for our national security as our blind backing of Israel, a nuclear power that refuses to admit it has nuclear weapons, is seem by terror groups as a justification for their actions and is used as a recruiting tool.

I certainly hope we see a change in our policy towards Israel. Their actions have caused us most of the problems we have in the Middle East.

As for talking to terrorists, I think we discovered in Northern Ireland that without the UDP and th IRA on board, what peace there is would never have been achieved.

Learn a lesson from history. No war has ever ended without ALL parties involved in the peace.

Nima
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District Of Columbia, USA
January 22, 2009

Nima in Washington, DC writes:

The Obama administration should prioritize a resolution to the Tibet issue.

Tibetans have the right to self-determination, in accordance with UN resolutions and international law.

The U.S. should support Tibetans in their quest for freedom and human rights because (i) it is the right thing to do, (ii) it advances U.S. goals and ideals, and (iii) it sends a message to other disaffected groups that nonviolence can resolve difficult problems.

Norbu
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New York, USA
January 22, 2009

Norbu in New York writes:

The Tibetan issue!

Tenzin
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Washington, USA
January 22, 2009

Tenzin in Washington writes:

In the light of recent repression in Tibet which killed many Tibetans and thousand went missing,
1. release all the Tibetan political prisoner.
2. Since Tibetan are not seeking independence, China must be pressed to give the geniune autonomy to practice their religion freely and protect their cultural heritage.
3. Release the Panchen Lama and tulku Tenzin delek.
4. Stop all the illegal mining and deforestation in Tibet
5. Remove all the police post from Tibetan monasteries.
6. stop forcing Tibetan manks to reeducation.
7. urge Chinese government to invite Dalai lama to Tibet and China as soon as possible.
lastly, regulate and thoroughly inspect all the products (made in China) that are coming to U.S. to avoid all those painful recent memories.

Chand
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New York, USA
January 22, 2009

Chand in New York writes:

The Obama Administration should make Human Rights in China a top priority. China is the biggest country in the world and how can we ethically and morally deal with them if they cannot treat their own citizens humanely? And most importantly, the Administration should make Tibet the top priority in this China dialogue. Tibetans have been brutally tortured and repressed for 50 years now and as the worlds leader, President Obama should not allow this to be taking place.

Jim
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Virginia, USA
January 22, 2009

Jim in Virginia writes:

The new adminsitration should seize the opportunity offered by this transition of power to reestablish our leadership position in the world. To do this, the administration should seek to reopen civil dialogues with our many multi-national partners and the various international organizations that exist. This approach will require an increase in both personnel and funding authorizations for the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Clearly there are significant challenges in every region of the world. While all are important, the administration cannot be driven to knee-jerk responses based upon video clips on the evening news. Rather, they should conduct a thorough review of vital U.S. interests and objectives, develop priorities and allocate resources. As has been demonstrated over the past 8 years, we cannot solve all of the world's problems on our own.

In summary, rebuild our shattered alliances and relations, enhance our diplomatic arms and conduct a sober assessment of where we can make a difference, then allocate the resources to address these situations.

Rajesh
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District Of Columbia, USA
January 22, 2009

Rajesh in Washington, DC writes:

I appeal to Obama administration to look far into the future and not to be overwhelmed by immediate problems. Recognize the dangers of Rising China. China's communist government poses the GREATEST threat to the supremacy of American powers. Chinese people are being kept in the dark and just take the example of censorship of President Obama's inaugural speech. China's leaders provide only selective information to the Chinese public. This is dangerous. As and when they want, they feed the people wrong information and raise their ugly nationalist feelings. Taming of China should be LONG term policy. It is bad for more than one billion chinese people and rest of the world. Monitoring Chinese agents in the country is very important.

Good luck to new administration.

Karma Z.
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Virginia, USA
January 22, 2009

Karma Z. in Virginia writes:

Among the top piorities for the new Secretary of Sate, Hillary, which might get brushed aside, but which should not be ignored is the question of Tibet under China. If real peace has any chance, it must begin from the roof of the world, Tibet, which has suffered so much under the tyranny of Communism. If President Obama is truly committed to peace and freedom in the world, he must turn a new page in Sino-U.S.A. relations, and challange Hu Jintao to sit and talk with the Dalai Lama.

America, the world is looking at you, but I want the president to take China to task on Tibet..... Mr. President open a U.S. consulate in Lhasa..... Ask the Dalai Lama what he really really want, and whether what he has been advocating is what the people of want...... This naturalized Tibetan-American is ready to serve your administration in any capacity..... All you have to do is let me know.

Best of luck.

Dean
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Illinois, USA
January 22, 2009

Dean in Illinois writes:

I think that Mrs. Clinton should work to re-establish the aura of the American. When I last traveled in Germany (after living there for several years) I was appaled that the people there had a exceptionally bad image of the american policies and of the Bush Administration. they remained in love with the americans as people but our impage had been terribly tarnished. I'd go out of my way to help in this if needed. It is the reason that we can no longer work economically or socially as well with our frienly nations as in the past.

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