the next president should, shortly after coming into office, affirm full adherence to the Geneva and UN torture conventions, restore the right of habeas corpus for US-held detainees, and “re-sign” the treaty establishing the International Criminal Court, which the Bush administration “un-signed” in 2002..
To make up for lost time, the next administration should undertake an array of initiatives, starting with one directed to Moscow. Drastic reductions in the American and Russian nuclear stockpiles are important as an example to other countries....The US should also resume negotiations with Russia on anti-missile missiles.
....The US should work with all the current nuclear-weapon states to impose a moratorium on the production of fissile material, pending a formal, verifiable, universal and permanent ban. To attain that goal, America should join its principal allies and partners in direct, sustained negotiations with Iran and North Korea to bring them back into the NPT as fully compliant non-nuclear weapons states.
...Kyoto will expire in 2012. That means the next US president will have fewer than four years to play a decisive role in the design of an effective successor to the treaty. The US must do this through diplomacy and by example. Only if it passes legislation imposing stringent limits on itself, while offering other countries – especially developing ones – substantial incentives to be part of a global effort, will Kyoto be replaced by an accord mandating universal reductions.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Priorities for the next US president
Strobe Talbott, Deputy Secretary of state in the time of Bill Clinton, spells out the priorities for the next US president in FT. It's reassuring to see that sane voices are not absent from US political discourse. But I have serious doubts as to whether the agenda that Talbott outlines has any chance of being implemented in full- the Conservative strangehold on policy-making is far too strong to permit it.