The world community agrees that we must maintain an open world trading system. It also agrees that we need to address global warming. Yet our leaders have failed to reach agreement on how to best meet these challenges.
The next President will more likely succeed with an approach that:
- lays the ground domestically for diplomatic initiatives by mustering public and congressional backing, rather than waiting for negotiators to bring home a signed treaty
- seeks breakthroughs on trade and climate change that complement each another, thereby creating cross-cutting coalitions to support both efforts
- pays more attention to developing nations early in the process, since their influence over the outcome—for good or ill—is increasing
- uses American leadership to improve the effectiveness of the international institutions responsible for dealing with these challenges
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The countries in the [Asia-Pacific] region want America to lead, but if the U.S. is so politically tied up in knots to not follow through on its promises then countries will have to turn elsewhere. And the U.S. role in the world will never be the same.
“I don’t know how we got to the point that T.P.P. became a pariah; it is the most far-reaching, progressive, important and advantageous trade pact in two decades.”
What determines Obama's next steps may also hinge on who's likely to succeed him in November. Either way, one of his biggest priorities when he returns from this trip is clear: To do everything he can to ensure Hillary Clinton is elected president.