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At her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton said the United States should “pursue a strategy of smart power in the Middle East,” and should not “give up on peace” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In her opening statement Tuesday, Clinton: Read more »
Cuban President Raul Castro has warned against pinning “excessive hopes” on U.S. President-elect Barack Obama. “[T]hough he may be an honest man, and I think he is, and a sincere man, and I think he is, one man cannot change the destiny of a nation, much less the United States,” Castro said, speaking on state-run television. Still, a Washington Post report from Havana published Wednesday shows many Cuban citizens are hopeful that Obama will end the embargo on Cuba and lift travel restrictions.
President-elect Barack Obama announced his nomination of Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL) to the post of transportation secretary on Friday at a Chicago press conference. LaHood, who has represented Illinois’ 18th congressional district since 1995, is the first Arab-American to be chosen for a seat in Obama’s cabinet.
President-elect Barack Obama’s newly announced energy and environmental leaders are not likely to lack for ideas for addressing energy and climate change concerns, given the public interest reflected on change.gov, the transition’s own website. A new feature of the site, Your Seat at the Table, allows organizations and members of the public to track the transition’s daily activities, and to leave comments and post policy ideas for Obama’s team.
President-elect Barack Obama has reportedly selected his nominees (WSJ) to top energy and environmental posts in his incoming administration. His picks will face a tall policy order, including dealing with the challenges of climate change, decreasing U.S. dependence on foreign oil, and converting the country to alternative energy sources.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hasan Qashqavi said Monday that President-elect Barack Obama’s plan to pressure Iran on its nuclear program and other issues will not work. “The carrot-and-stick policy has no benefit,” Qashqavi said at a press briefing. “It is unacceptable and failed.” (AP)
Though the incoming presidential administration has indicated its first priority will be repairing the troubled U.S. economy, President-elect Barack Obama emphasized throughout his campaign that combating climate change will also be a top agenda item. Obama plans to reduce U.S. greenhouse gases by 80 percent by 2050, and has pledged to create millions of “green jobs.” At a symposium on policy and strategies to combat climate change Tuesday, business leaders seemed to agree Obama should institute a federal cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions.
President-elect Barack Obama nominated Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) Wednesday as secretary of commerce. Richardson served under President Bill Clinton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and as secretary of energy. The former 2008 Democratic presidential candidate is the most prominent Hispanic American appointment to Obama’s cabinet so far.
An expert panel addressed potential new directions for trade policy Tuesday night at New York University. CFR.org contributing writer Julie Ginsberg filed this report from the event.