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Quick Clip on World Views of Presidential Candidates

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Kim Ghattas, the BBC's US correspondent, recently reported on global views of the presidential candidates, though before Obama's recent leap across the primary finish line. But the reporting is still relevant. Ghattas underscores that anticipation for a change in administration on the part of the global public has already caused attitudes toward the US to turn more positive.

She also interviews Kurt Volker, Acting Assistant Secretary of State. Volker says it would be a shame if views of the US turn more positive simply because the Bush administration is on the way out. While the Presidential candidates present a “new face,” he says there will still be a lot of “continuity” in terms of how the US will have to deal with the rest of the world.

PS: I found this clip on the Japanese-language edition of YouTube.



Melinda Brouwer

Melinda Brower holds a Masters degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She received her bachelor's degree in Political Science and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a graduate diploma in International Relations from the University of Chile during her tenure as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She has worked on Capitol Hill, at the State Department, for Foreign Policy magazine and the American Academy of Diplomacy. She presently works for an internationally focused non-profit research organization in Washington, DC.