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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Mans f.
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District Of Columbia, USA
January 27, 2009

MBF in Washington, DC writes:

You have to like this one: Brett in South Africa writes:

"I only hope that the U.S.A. will formulate a stronger strategy to pave a way to change the situation in my country."

Why can not the International community be more effective and those countries that have more to give fiscally as Russia, China and India? Where is their fair share of aid? China is only lending where oil is and moving population bases with it, including TV stations which teach langue skills of their nation and Russia is only occupied with selling arms to African nations. Why are we the only true source of hope? In all these decades without a Russian wolf to blame, why have not more countries gotten together to spread the wealth for human dignity? Greed and power is the real problem I guess.

Just remember, we can not provide what we do not have and unless America is going to turn into a giant Kibbutz, you are living on a cloud far and above the rest of Americans who honestly fell they should have gotten something in return for their investments on foreign soil. Not a loss of their American way of Life, which is happening one hundred percent due to the Global Economic ideology and fair market system which failed because it was not regulated properly. Where is the security in a capitilist system that is broke and non viable currency?

Our stewards sold out our security and live much better than most Americans they supposidly represent it seems...are you suffering Madame Secretary? Is the new President Suffering?

If our situation at home does not impact the people respresented and there is no empathy here, why provide for any other country? I bet I speak for a LOT of Americans who lost their jobs, homes and hope here...

Richard
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California, USA
January 27, 2009

Richard in California writes:

I believe that Israel has lost its moral compass. The current conflict in Gaza, in my opinion, is the result of a people being squeezed into what is actually a ghetto, a prison, then starved, and when they lash out by sending crude rockets at their tormentors, Israel launches a wholesale attack, killing 1,300 Palestinians to their 13.

Israel has been treating these people for decades in a way that intentionally fuels their anger. Hell! I'd strike back too! So would anyone in the same circumstances as Israel has placed the Palestinians!

We say they are allies? Well, this ex US Navy sailor has never forgotten or forgiven the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty. Israel doesn't even have the moral fortitude to apologize for that reprehensible action! We are and have always been their loyal "knee-jerk" ally, but they have not shown themselves to be ours. Not ever. What is wrong with this picture?

Marty
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District Of Columbia, USA
January 27, 2009

Marty in Washington, DC writes:

All countries must re-focus on the INTERNATIONAL TRADE OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY AND RESOURCES as a means to enact stronger economic relationships and eliminate the barriers that have stood between us.

WE MUST STRIVE TO overcome our differences and FIND THE COMMON GROUND. We must forge new avenues of trade and find mutually beneficial exchanges, across all borders. The world needs to work together to make one huge olive branch; to heal the sick, feed the starving and fuel the intellectual pyres of the gifted and capable, yet disadvantaged.

*WE MUST FIND and NURTURE THE EDISONs OF THE NEW MILLENIUM

These new "Thomas Edisons" must help us all develop the required technologies to improve the qulity of life for all humankind. We must develop electro-magnetic, synthetic and solar technologies. The international focus should be on collective solutions through well planned applications of resources and sciences. Our governments can no longer stand alone, in the way of internationally developed solutions. We face very real problems in this millennium. We need a 'next generation' of machinery to improve all transportation, reduce pollution worldwide, improve food distribution worldwide. Our applications of health sciences and supplies of safe power are being tested. The answers are in short supply and our international relations must not be a barrier to these much needed solutions. We MUST put away our differences and awaken the family of humankind, before a final call of survival passes before us. We NEED to form a better world, today, for the tomorrows of us all.

Amanda
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West Virginia, USA
January 27, 2009

Amanda in West Virginia writes:

@ Doug in Virginia -- Isn't it wonderful that our leaders give we, the people, a voice? It is a beautiful thing that our elected officials see it as important to get our opinions. It shouldn't scare you, it should remind you just how wonderful this country is.

Bruce R.
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Florida, USA
January 27, 2009

Bruce R. in Florida writes:

Dear Hillary, I have voted Democratic my whole life and I have a concern. My concern is if President Obama will have high level talks with Iran. I am sure you are well aware there are major efforts to destabilize the Middle East directed from Iran presently with Hamas and Hezbollah. I believe top level talks will only give the Iranian leadership credence .As most of the Focus has been on the Israel Gaza Debacle. The Iranian government has been rounding up jailing, torturing, and God only knows what else to a small sect of roughly 300,000 harmless human beings known as the Bahai's. These people are being charged with basically Defaming the prophet because they believe they had a prophet return after Muhammed. Regardless of who came when there seem to be zero concern about what is happening to these people and I truly believe meeting with Ahmedinajad or Ayatollah Ali Khamenei would be at the same level as Chamberlain meeting with Hitler.For God's sake Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Brother Hadi Khamenei made a public criticism and the Grand Ayatollah had the Police Beat him so severly he had to be hospitalized.Each day I hear comments from all these self rightous Middle Eastern dictators and Kings making comments about the Palestinian Rights of self determination and the Evil Israelis however,there citizens have no rights!!Dont get me wrong something needs to be resolved.I do not think that is possible with Hamas,Hezbollah,Iran and Syria at the wheel. Today, Twenty percent of the voting population of Israel is Arab and the key word is voting. Other than Israel, Lebanon, Turkey and maybe one more country I cannot remember there is no vote therefore no right to self determination. Ironically, Israeli Arabs who have the right to vote have more self determination than virtually all Arab citizens of all the Islamic Countries.

Thank You for your Time
Bruce

Mithila
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Canada
January 27, 2009

Mithila in Canada writes:

Please consider the sufferings and massacare of the innocent Sri Lankan Tamil population for the past 52 years. The actual truth of the situation has always been filttered to media and foreign embassies. If the UN and America go silent regarding the present condition of Sri Lankan Tamils,our race will become extinct. Even a woodpecker has a right to live in its habitat, but there is no peaceful place for Sri Lankan Tamils to inhabit. The Tamils that live in Sri Lankan government controled areas are scared to express themselves.

Please prioritize and act upon our current situation!

We have full HOPE and great expectations from your government.

Thanks.
Mithila

Edite
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Canada
January 27, 2009

Edite in Canada writes:

It is exceedingly important for President Obama to initiate contact with Russian diplomats and Putin and Medvedev and inform them that the United States will not brook any further illegal military incursions into sovereign countries. Waiting for Russia to test his political bent, savvy and forcefulness by testing him with an unwanted political or military incident would not be a clever stance to adopt. Russians are noted for their knack of assessing the mettle of new American Presidents. The ascendancy of Barack Obama to the Presidency will provide ample capabilities and occasions for Russia to learn about how President Obama responds to military provocations.

Chris
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Georgia
January 28, 2009

Chris in Georgia writes:

The U.S. should be looking at ways to eliminate the conditions that foster extremism in the Mid-East and Central Asia.

onur
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Turkey
January 28, 2009

Onur in Turkey writes:

The new president of the U.S. surely confronts many problems,including clashing in the middle east, economical crisis, U.S. citizens' health and other infrastructure problems, Iran's nuclear program, war in the Afghanistan and Iraq, the poor popularity of the U.S. in the world public opinion,extending humanitarian assistance to less fortunate,etc.

Of course all of aforesaid problems have to be handled with immediately but one of the that problems must be solved firstly. It is exactly the middle east question. This question is primus inter pares since childrens loss their lifes. No policy can have this right, and this is not be able to be expressed any policy. firstly lasting and enduring trace with no time limit must be signed between hamas and ısrael. In deed, Hamas rockets - - so called rockets -- don't be harmful for Israel in a large extent but they give up bombing Israel as soon as possible as this attempts cause the Israel attacks. Consequently, the new president must be dealt with this hainous issue

xander
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Netherlands
January 28, 2009

Xander in the Netherlands writes:

1)Coherent political talks between Hamas and Fatah before reopening peacetalks between Israel and the Palestinians

2) Involve Iran to improve stability in the Middle East

3) The cuurent financial crisis needs a firm and progressive "new order" Bretton Woods should no longer be the world standard and Keynes is perhaps not the entire way to go. America should appproach China to establish a new Bretton Woods in order to regulate the world economy better....

joe
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Tennessee, USA
January 28, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

Start thinking of Diplomatic Multi Cultural Children centers within the area of chaos and war. If we can raise the children to respect each other, the world will have a much better chance.

Palestine is a very good example...a major part of their problem is the fact they really don't know who they are as a people, therefore there is no solid identity beyond conflict with the outside world when not infighting. It is the only time cultural nationalistic problems are forgotten is with war and outside conflict. It produces an evil cycle of detachment and then enmeshment which produces a schizoid society. This is how they keep going with unity-non unity and never gelling as a multicultural society and Nation in which peace can occur. The only way any fanatical group can peacefully co-exist is with respect attached to a mutual denominator; in this case it can be with their children.

Prior to the war there was even a nature program involving Palestinian children and Israel children showing their mutual world they inhabit; there were no problems within the child social structure -- why?

If we are going to aid them, then they should school the children together, provide child care for working mothers without separation, etc...

There has to be some developmental structuring for the future of the country and if it has to be mandated, then so be it. Human needs are not that different from society to society and the children are the key to future peace in this world, yet we keep putting band aids on every aspect and no cures. We need cures that work...not constant aid.

Sandra
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Texas, USA
January 28, 2009

Sandra in Texas writes:

U.S.-Mexico border relations need a boost from the federal government --and I don't mean the Border Patrol or the FBI.

Local police agencies along the border need to be empowered to deal with transborder crimes.

Our local police need their intel, while they need our training and they are more than grateful to have some of the technology we no longer use. What we need to make it happen is for the U.S. State Department to empower our local police for them to jump into action.

Dorjee
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Washington, USA
January 28, 2009

Dorjee in Washington writes:

One of the top priorities should be to deal with China in firm manner and to focus on bringing a concrete solution to the Tibet issue, time is running out as the Dalai Lama is getting older. Solving the Tibet issue will bring stability and respect from the world community towards China. Therefore it is critical for our administration to seek in engaging China to put serious efforts in resolving the Tibet issue without much more delay as it has been doing. Thank you!

Richard
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New York, USA
January 28, 2009

Richard in New York writes:

Our first objective should be to get Iraq to take over it's security so that we can draw down out troops from there & re-deploy them in Afganistan where we will need additional troops to improve security & defeat Al-Qaeda/Taliban.

We should help Pakistan militarily & financially to increase her strength to combat terrorism in the lawless tribal regions & work together with them to fight the terrorists.

Improve relations with Russia.

Deal firmly but fairly with Iran.

Reassure our friends in Europe & renew ou commitment to work with them on international issues.

Lastly we must deal immediately with the ever downward spiraling issue of African poverty. We must reach out to our friends & allies on the African continent & find new & creative ways to deal with poverty disease & violence.

ron
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New York, USA
January 28, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Yes We Can....

Revive the USIA...export the best of American Cultural Life. The world is hungry for our music, art, style and hopefulness. Bring exiles from the darkness of former soviet states into the light of the American dream.

Globalize asset seizures and put trillions to work for peace, security, poverty reduction and global health.

Deal directly and honestly with world leaders. If they are corrupt, don't support them. Even if they look like the lesser of evils.

Tell Karzai to stop the family-owned narco-state business or leave.

Get on top of loose-nukes before we experience a nulear terrorist=attack (imagine 10/12 no matter the date).

When you see Human Rights violations, act quickly. Don't define the problem to death (ie: Genocide in Darfur).

Ensure State Department integrity and oversight in all intelligence and Justice agency operations. Clean up/out the CIA, NSA and Justice.

End corruption and transnational organized crime. They feed terrorism, conflict and instability

Best wishes to Secretary Clinton and Ambassadors Mitchell and Holbrooke!

Go State!

Go Team Obama!

Ward
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California, USA
January 29, 2009

Ward in California writes:

We need to stabilize the middle east (as best we can).

We need to focus on the global economy, we cannot afford to make the U.S.A. better economically while other worst off countries are getting poorer. This will only lead to strife against themselves and us.

We need to stop pushing ourselves over other countries, we are weakening and it will only look like we are grasping at straws if we do.

Joan
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California, USA
January 29, 2009

Joan in California writes:

I want the State to not underminde the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) keeping marriage between one man and one woman.

Ben
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United Kingdom
January 30, 2009

Ben in the United Kingdom writes:

1. withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan
2. pressing for a sustainable peace in the Middle East

Rajani
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Canada
January 30, 2009

Rajani in Canada writes:

Congratulations OBAMA and family.

We need permanent peace in Sri Lanka. Tamils are suffereing for far too long...too many innocent lives are lost. Pls act on this issues URGENTLY.

And may god bless you and your family.

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