Ticklish Transition Time in US Foreign Relations

By Peter Grier, writer of The Christian Science Monitor | The Christian Science Monitor, November 24, 1992 | Go to article overview

Ticklish Transition Time in US Foreign Relations


Peter Grier, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor


TO see power already flowing to President-elect Clinton, look at how quickly other nations have stopped importuning President Bush.

Take the Middle East peace process. Creating it was one of the Bush administration's genuine accomplishments. But with the latest round wrapped up in Washington last week some participants are now talking past Bush, toward Little Rock.

On Friday, for instance, Arab negotiators said Clinton would have to get Israel to come to terms over land and Palestinian rights - or they might pull out of the talks.

"Three or four months after the arrival of the new president to the White House, I think if the Arabs see the rounds are continuing without progress, then it would be time to reconsider the whole thing," said Muwaffaq al-Allaf, head of the Syrian delegation, at a news conference.

Arabs consider Clinton more pro-Israeli than Bush, and in voicing their concerns early they are undoubtedly undertaking something of an attempt at preemptive posturing. Still, the tone was striking, the more so because the talks are scheduled for at least one more round, in December, before Inauguration Day.

The United States, Russia, and other nations must "assume their role" and cajole Israel into concessions, said chief Palestinian negotiator Haidar Abdel-Shafi.

Would the Arabs actually pull out? Perhaps. A well-informed Arab diplomat in Washington, however, discounts the notion. "The peace process is already a reality in the Middle East," says this source, who wishes to remain nameless. "It has its own mechanism and well-delineated channels."

"The danger is that without a dynamic, active, energetic role by the US, especially in bridging gaps, the process will be very slow and very vulnerable," continues the Arab diplomat.

Thus the coming December round may largely mark time, giving the appearance of momentum while all parties await the arrival of the new president on stage.

THE president-elect's own behavior toward other nations is also an indicator of the steady flow of power into his hands. During the campaign, sharp charges paid off; after the election the realities of geopolitics take over, and with them the knowledge that even small rhetorical slips on foreign policy can have large ramifications.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Ticklish Transition Time in US Foreign Relations
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.