Thursday, June 12, 2008
Rice's New Realism
But moving on this agenda--that is still not apparent to me after reading the piece. I'm glad that she endorses, for instance, the creation of a more permanent northeast Asian regional forum to build on the six-power talks, something that former Korean foreign minister Choi Sung-hong, former Japanese foreign minister Yoriko Kawaguchi, and Ian Bremmer proposed in TNI back in 2005.
I don't get a sense of what we are putting on the table, what are the "good enough" outcomes, what are possible trade-offs. There is a lot of referencing to the need to "balance" various competing objectives, ideals and interests. But I don't leave with a clear understanding of how the balancing takes place, and whether is it reactive to events, or flows from a long-term grand strategy.
the rest is just verbiage. It will take much more experience of the failure of US foreign policy to persuade the US foreign policy elite that the days of them dictating terms, especially to Russia, are well and truly over.