Ten Ways for Obama to Remake the World
We could be nearing a golden hour in U.S. foreign policy, that rare moment when a newly re-elected president theoretically has the experience and clout to make good things happen. As President Barack Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last March before an unanticipated open microphone, “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”
We can think of many places more deserving of presidential flexibility than Russia, which is in such a state of pugnacious isolationism that it will simply pocket any concessions. Instead, Bloomberg View has put together a list of foreign policy challenges that merit the spending of political capital in 2013. Instead of focusing on worthy perennials — ratifying the Law of the Sea Treaty, or rediscovering Latin America (as presidential candidate Mitt Romney astutely suggested) — we’ve tried to find areas where a sharp course correction is essential and might pay big dividends.