The Nickel Version of Clinton’s Speech
I’m set to write a piece on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s just-wrapped speech in, oh, an hour, but a few policy highlights: The biggest U.S. priority is arresting the threat of nuclear weapons; she didn’t give a date after which U.S. outreach to Iran slams closed; Arab states have to do more to support both Israel and the Palestinian Authority; the world is “appalled” by “certain irregularities” in the Iranian election; and the United States is really not kidding about an Israeli settlement freeze.
The overarching foreign policy theme of the speech: responsible American international leadership requires bolstering existing architectures of global governance and building new ones, including to non-state actors, for multilateral approaches to security, prosperity and peace.
Since my piece is going to focus on more of the structural changes Clinton is proposing to diplomacy and development, I thought I’d throw that policy stuff on the blog. More soon.