The New Man on the Job
New U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, has certainly secured a job well-earned. Kerry’s record of diplomacy and experience in foreign affairs makes him the perfect fit for the job. While Secretary Clinton led a remarkable tenure and Kerry has some “big heels to fill,” there is little doubt that he will rise to the occasion. As mentioned in your story, the real question lies in exactly how Kerry will run the State department. His past performances paint him as a patient man who values diplomacy and multinational alliances while strictly abhorring unilateral military strikes, illustrating much in common with President Obama. However, will Kerry usher in a new and productive American diplomacy in conflict zones such as Syria, lead a strategy for responsible transition in Afghanistan, strike the right balance of relationship with Pakistan and also address the growing threat from China, Iran’s nuclear program and India’s economic might? Experienced and informed, Kerry does not come across as an impulsive man, a trait that will certainly come in handy during his tenure. In addition, he has a remarkable friendship with global leaders, which
will certainly aid President Obama’s second-term administration.
Secretary Kerry’s term is one that many are eagerly awaiting for. Whether he will follow the administration’s old strategies or use his experience to usher in new policies for diplomacy, remains to be seen. For a man of his stature, let us hope it is the latter for the sake of America.
Josh Mandel New York, NY