Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Administration
By John R. Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN
Reviewed by Francis P. Sempa, Contributing Editor
In his recent keynote address at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, John Bolton, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and high-level State Department official, outlined the many foreign policy challenges facing the new Obama administration when it takes office on January 20, 2009.
Although the economic crisis has dominated the news, Bolton warned that foreign policy challenges will not wait around for the economic problems to be solved. "Foreign policy and national security," he stated, "will remain at the top of the agenda as they have to for any president." The collapse of the Soviet Union, Bolton said, ended the "existential threat to our existence" that we faced for more than 40 years, but "the number of adversaries we face in the world and the complexity of international affairs if anything has increased."
Russia still poses a challenge to U.S. security as it seeks to reestablish hegemony over the territory of the former Soviet Union. The region between the eastern border of NATO and the western border of Russia, according to Bolton, is a geopolitical vacuum which "gives rise...