Issues / Democracy & Governance
Right now, there is a vacancy for the most senior post in official world development circles, a job that is of direct interest to billions of people across the globe. The process and candidates are shrouded in secrecy and the only candidates in the running are U.S. citizens.
While on one level appointing John Bolton as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations is the contemporary equivalent of having King Herod as head of UNICEF, there is some comfort to be drawn from it. He will be singularly ineffective in winning friends and support for the White House’s policies.
With the nomination of John D. Negroponte to head the newly restructured intelligence system and the rather startling choice of the controversial and confrontational John Bolton as ambassador to the UN, Bush continues to show much less concern for world public opinion or credibility than for personal loyalty and a hard-right ideology.
The level of trust in the U.S. military seems to have crashed--big time.
The Bush administration's shaping of the new Iraqi constitution.
An overview of recent developments in global security.
John Bolton's first order of business.
The Bush administration's latest efforts at derailing global action on climate--an authentic threat to global security.
Now, the hard work begins of pressuring leaders, including Bush and Congress, to make the actual content of U.S. proposals match the G8 summits lofty rhetoric.
When youre in the middle of a conflict, youre trying to find pillars of strength to lean on.