How to Restore World's Trust in US

Next president must lead globe on disarmament, climate change
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2008 1:50 PM CDT
How to Restore World's Trust in US
The next president will have "a grace period with international public opinion," Talbott writes.   (AP Photo)

The Bush administration has done wide-ranging damage to the US’ international image, pulling out of key treaties and unilaterally invading Iraq. The next president has got some work to do to restore its reputation, particularly in two areas: making a commitment to nuclear nonproliferation and setting a worldwide example in dealing with climate change, Clinton-era official Strobe Talbott advises in Der Spiegel.

The US should adopt a serious view to eventual disarmament, returning to the table with other nuclear powers and keeping in mind that resolving tensions with Iran is key to maintaining nuclear stability. And that’s the easy part; the real challenge is cutting greenhouse gases, starting with US self-regulation and incentives for other countries in the creation of a next-generation Kyoto treaty. (Read more climate change stories.)

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