37 Fletcher F. World Aff. 1 (2013)

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With the 2012 United States presidential election fading into memory, it is safe
to assume that while the dominant issues for most voters were centered around domestic
politics-the availability of jobs, the national debt, and the perceived trajectory of the
country's domestic wellbeing more generally-President Obama's second term will come
to be defined at least in equal measure by his success or failure on matters of foreign policy.
All presidents, no matter the campaign imperatives, are presented with crises and high-
stakes challenges overseas that come to define their tenures and their leadership capabili-
ties. The final four years of the Obama administration will likely be no different.
It is here that the safety in assumptions ends and the most recent edition of The
Fletcher Forum ofWorldAffairs begins. In order to explore the foremost foreign policy chal-
lenges facing the United States, The Forum has recruited an impressive group of interna-
tional relations scholars and practitioners for this edition's Special Section. SECRETARY
JAMES BAKER discusses the state of American alliances and offers advice on managing
relations with China. SECRETARY WILLIAM PERRY shares his thoughts on
President Obama's first term, relations with Russia, and challenges in the areas of arms
control and nonproliferation. SUZANNE MALONEY argues that President Obama
must be prepared to reenergize his negotiation strategy with Iran to deal with the country's
nuclear program and other longstanding bilateral issues, while MICHELE DUNNE
reflects on current events throughout the Middle East and suggests strategies for the next
administration to deal with a volatile region in the context of the Arab Spring. Moving
to Asia, PRASHANTH PARAMESWARAN discusses the vital American partner-
ship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and argues for new steps
to help the United States manage the emerging order in East Asia. Fletcher Professor
and Nobel laureate WILLIAM MOOMAW traces the evolution of international
climate change negotiations and suggests alternate approaches on issue-framing, as well as
unilateral actions that the United States can take to combat the threat of global warming.
Finally, MICHAEL HAMMER, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs,
explains how the U.S. State Department is using modern technology and communica-
tions strategies to advance American interests in a rapidly changing global environment.
This volume also features the prescient advice and a passionate call for public
service to current graduate students studying international affairs given by GEORGE
PACKARD in his address to The Fletcher School this past September. DAVID
KOPLOW identifies and comments on repeated instances of U.S. treaty violations,
while AMITAI ETZIONI discusses the emerging global order as a function of a shift

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