‘Bamas’ appointment of Clinton as secretary of state may become problematic. Some commentators fear that it opens up for palace wars and moreover that she is more hawkish and generally less tolerant than Obama. But Obama will make sure that everyone knows who’s the president and expectations of what he actually can and want to do foreign policy wise — for instance in regard Palestine and Israel — should perhaps not be too high anyway, with or without Clinton. The appointment however may be seen as a sign that Obama will do what he has promised and take diplomacy and the revival of US soft power seriously. Clinton may not have substantial foreign policy experience but she is known figure, she allegedly has charisma (something which I haven’t noticed) and has a lot of contacts around the world. So if the two can work together and also cooperate with Pentagon this might help the return of soft power, and a decrease of hard power abuse.

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