U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (Reuters/Jim Young) / Reuters
USA Today/Global Post: How would a President Clinton handle Russia, China, Guantanamo Bay?
Her fans say she evolves, rejecting and embracing logical foreign policy initiatives based on the context at the time. Her critics say she shifts her positions based on political convenience.
Regardless, First Lady Hillary Clinton is different from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and neither are the same as candidate Hillary Clinton. And a President Hillary Clinton? That remains to be seen.
And so we'd thought we'd ask the experts: How would a President Clinton handle some of the top challenges facing the U.S. abroad?
“In general, Hillary Clinton is going to be tougher on foreign policy than President Barack Obama,” says Demetri Sevastopulo, who writes about Moscow-Washington relations for the Financial Times.
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WNU editor: On China .... Hillary Clinton will maintain the status quo .... which in my humble opinion favours China. On trade .... she is saying that she will not sign the TTP agreement .... but I am sceptical. In the past she has always embraced these trade deals, and I am willing to bet that she will continue this policy. On Russia .... the issue is complicated. She burned her bridges to Putin when she compared Putin to Hitler .... Are The DNC Email Leaks Russian President Putin's Revenge Against Hillary Clinton For Comparing Him To Hitler 2 Years Ago? (July 26, 2016), and Putin has made his opinion on her very well known .... Russian President Putin Comments On Hillary Clinton (June 5, 2014). I expect relations with Russia to worsen under Hillary Clinton. As to Guantanamo prison .... I do not think she cares whether it is open or closed .... but she will listen to public opinion.
WNU Editor: AP has more on the Hillary - Putin relationship .... Russian TV reveals Kremlin's thoughts on Clinton (CBS/AP).