sustainable economic development they‚Äôll be less tempted to grow opium, join various militias or support the Taliban,‚ÄĚ says Zunes. ‚ÄúSmarter policy can address threats from radical extremes of Islam and encourage more moderate forces. This includes ending this blank check we‚Äôre giving to Arab dictators and really getting serious about Israeli-Palestinian peace, including, if necessary, being willing to pressure Israel to make the necessary compromises, which the current administration has failed to do.‚ÄĚ
Negotiating with Iran could also go a long way toward easing Middle East tensions. The country has been a major regional power for 3000 years and cannot be ignored. ‚ÄúThey have legitimate interests as well as less legitimate interests that can be addressed,‚ÄĚ says Zunes. Engaging the country may help prevent a conflict and Iranian production of nuclear weapons.
THE WORLD AWAITS CHANGE
Obama‚Äôs election has had a considerable impact on how the rest of the world now views the nation. Ruggie says that there‚Äôs an understanding overseas that his will be a very different administration and hope for his success. ‚ÄúIt has gone a long way in restoring America‚Äôs image, but we have to remind ourselves that a lot of damage has been done over the last eight years,‚ÄĚ he adds. ‚ÄúOther countries that have acquired greater standing in the international arena as we have relinquished our leadership aren‚Äôt simply going to walk away from the table and say, ‚ÄėOkay, America, you can take over again.‚Äô We‚Äôve lost a lot of capital and it isn‚Äôt going to be a simple matter to restore that.‚ÄĚ