The New Man on the Job

Southasia - - Editor's Mail -

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

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