I hope you can share this important document with your friends, colleagues, and readers. It is a very important international policy breakthrough by New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, which appeared in the Harvard International Review. It deserves to be read and considered by every single American and the entire diplomatic community from every nation. I am not officially connected to his campaign, but as a private citizen, I do recognize the importance of this statement enough to send it to you with the hope that you will send it on widely.
“New Realism: Crafting a US Foreign Policy for a New Century”
Governor Bill Richardson
Redacted from the Harvard International Review
US foreign policymakers face novel challenges in the 21st century. Jihadists and environmental crises have replaced armies and missiles as the greatest threats, and globalization has eroded the significance of national
Many problems that were once national are now global, and dangers that once came only from states now come also from societies—not from hostile governments, but from hostile individuals or from impersonal social trends, such as the consumption of fossil fuels.
This article does a creditable job of laying out the problems before us and arguing that the Bush Administration has not taken the appropriate measures to deal with them.
Highlights of Richardson’s plans:
First and foremost, the United States must repair its alliances. US leaders also must restore commitment to international law and multilateral cooperation.
Promoting expansion of the UN Security Council’s permanent membership to include Japan, India, Germany, and one country each from Africa and Latin America.
Ethical reform at the United Nations so that this vital institution can help its many underdeveloped and destitute member states meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Expanding the G8 to include India and China. The US government must join the International Criminal Court and respect all international treaties, including the Geneva Conventions.”
On environmental issues, the United States must be the leader, not the laggard, in global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by embracing the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, Lead the world with a man-on-the-moon effort to improve energy efficiency and to commercialize clean, alternative technologies
Stop considering diplomatic engagement with others as a reward for good behavior.
Various efforts including ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty The United States needs to start showing, both through its words and through its actions, that this is not, as the Jihadists claim, a clash of civilizations. Rather, it is a clash between civilization and barbarity.
The United States also needs to pressure Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and other friends in the Arab world to reform their education systems, which are incubators of anti-US sentiment.
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