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Advice to the new administration: UM foreign and domestic policy guide
Date:11/6/2008

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The incoming administration will confront an array of threats and challenges as serious as any ever faced by an American president, says Steve Fetter, dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. To help whoever won, Fetter asked six experts on his faculty with deep research and government expertise to create policy briefs recommending steps to address key challenges.

Most of the foreign policy and security experts conclude that the nation is ill-equipped to deal with the changing nature of 21st century threats. In general, they recommend multi-agency and multi-national approaches to security and a foreign policy that stresses international cooperation and a diplomacy-first approach.

The domestic policy brief on the financial crisis calls for additional federal spending to help endangered businesses accompanied by reforms. The health reform brief recommends a compromise step-by-step approach the kind that has worked at the state level.

Foreign Policy and National Security Recommendations, In Brief

Secretary of State: To restore U.S. international standing, begin by embracing treaties such as Kyoto and the International Criminal Court; renew multi-level, expert negotiations on a limited range of topics of mutual concern with allies and adversaries; and demonstrate to key allies, especially in Europe and Asia that we are serious about consultation and cooperation.
Catherine M. Kelleher, http://www.publicpolicy.umd.edu/facstaff/faculty/Kelleher.htm

National Security Adviser: A vital role, second only to the president, in determining the success or failure of the next administration's foreign policy. The president should pick someone who will follow the example of Bush 41's adviser, Brent Scowcroft, and build trust and interagency cooperation with other cabinet members and advisers, as well as
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Contact: Neil Tickner
ntickner@umd.edu
301-405-4622
University of Maryland
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