United States Foreign Policy Shifts
With near lightning speed, President Obama has altered the course of U.S. foreign policy. Less than 48 hours after taking office he has made it clear that the country’s goals and objectives will be consistent with American values and the rule of law. Part of this change of direction from the Obama administration has been reflected in the naming of Special Diplomatic Envoys by Secretary Clinton; charged with working on issues particulary important to the new administration.
President Obama joined Secretary of State Hillary Clinton January 22 to announce former Senator George Mitchell as his special envoy to the Middle East peace process and Ambassador Richard Holbrooke as his special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan — moves that underscore the new administration’s commitment to renewing America’s leadership through reinvigorated diplomacy.
Just days later, on January 26, Secretary Clinton named Todd Stern as the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change. "With the appointment today of a Special Envoy, we are sending an unequivocal message that the United States will be energetic, focused, strategic and serious about addressing global climate change and the corollary issue of clean energy," she said.