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Samantha Power – America Must Lead Again

Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin and US ambassador to UN Samantha Power taking to the UN Security Council )Courtesy -- UN photos)

Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin and US ambassador to UN Samantha Power taking to the UN Security Council )Courtesy — UN photos)

(WEBPUBLICAPRESS) New York - In a sweeping new article in the forthcoming January/February issue of Foreign AffairsSamantha Power argues that the incoming Biden administration should pursue foreign policy initiatives that can quickly highlight the return of American expertise and competence.
“Unlike in the recent past, today the United States has a potent competitor on the world stage, and it is increasingly common to hear people contrast Washington’s debilitating partisanship and gridlock with the ruthless efficiency of Beijing’s authoritarian rule. Yet even as the United States has faltered in highly visible and costly ways, China is fumbling the mantle of global leadership, too,” she writes. “This reality creates an opportunity for President-elect Joe Biden and his administration.”

 

Power identifies three practical examples of the U.S. ability to deliver on issues that matter right now in the lives of hundreds of millions of people: spearheading global COVID-19 vaccine distribution, ramping up educational opportunities in the United States for foreign students, and waging a high-profile fight against corruption at home and abroad.

 

“Beginning with the issue on which the United States’ reputation has suffered the most—the pandemic—the Biden administration can spearhead global vaccine distribution in a way that reminds the world of what the United States can uniquely do,” Power writes. “China’s attempt to convince the world that it is a ‘responsible great power’ through helping other countries gain access to vaccines should provide an additional impetus for Republicans to get onboard with supporting a global effort, even in an immensely difficult budget environment.”

 

Regarding education, Power maintains that “one of the best ways to showcase the United States’ ingenuity and know-how is to again make its universities the most attractive in the world to foreign talent.” She recommends “lowering the visa hurdles for study in the United States while creating better, more accessible pathways for international students to work in the United States after graduation.”
Last year, international education was the United States’ sixth-largest service-sector export, contributing nearly $44 billion to the U.S. economy, and supporting more than 458,000 jobs. “It is hard to think of a more cost-effective way for Biden to reach global populations concerned about the direction of the United States than by celebrating the fact that the country is again welcoming bright young minds from around the world,” Power writes.

 

And finally, “a global initiative to combat corruption would allow the United States to visibly

Joe Biden president elect (TV image photo by Erol Avdovic for education only)

Joe Biden president elect (TV image photo by Erol Avdovic for education only)

mobilize its unique capabilities for tracking, exposing, and prosecuting financial crimes, meeting demands for accountability coming from citizens in every corner of the world. Biden has promised to issue a presidential directive that declares the fight against corruption ‘a core national security interest.’ He has also pledged to host a major summit with other democracies during his first year in office, with corruption as one of its key agenda items. But he can go further, making anticorruption a centerpiece of his international agenda,” maintains the author.

 

Power notes that the United States is the central hub of a global financial system that between 1999 and 2017 moved at least $2 trillion in funds connected to arms dealers, drug traffickers, money launderers, sanctions evaders, and corrupt officials. The real amount of illicit money coursing through the global economy is estimated to have reached some $4 trillion in 2019, and each year individuals and business pay $1 trillion in bribes alone.

 

Still, “as with most major foreign policy issues, the foundation for Biden’s leadership will need to be laid at home, beginning with measures to clean up after the most corrupt and self-dealing presidency in U.S. history.” Power argues that “for genuine deterrence, the use of more severe sanctions, including criminal prosecution, is necessary.” Furthermore, she encourages Democrats to work to overturn Citizens United—the 2010 Supreme Court decision that allowed corporations and other groups to make unlimited campaign expenditures—and to implement measures to keep foreign money out of U.S. elections.

 

Samantha Power, outgoing United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, addresses her final press conference in her current capacity. 13 January 2017 United Nations, New York (UN photo by Mark Garten)

Samantha Power, outgoing United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, addresses her final press conference in her current capacity.
13 January 2017 United Nations, New York (UN photo by Mark Garten)

“What these initiatives can do,” Power concludes, “is meet much of the world where it is: reeling from a deadly pandemic, alienated by the United States’ xenophobic turn, and hungering for a form of governance that is accountable to the people. They would also remind the world not of the nebulous ‘return of U.S. leadership’ but of specific U.S. capabilities. These assets, squandered or neglected by Trump, remain core strengths that only the United States has the means to project.”

 

Samantha Power is Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School and the author of The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir. She was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017. 

 

This article is part of the January/February issue of Foreign Affairs, which will be released in full on December 8.

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