In regards to Ukraine I am quite supportive of the nominee's views in how to react against Russia on their aggression, but I have some doubts as to how the nominee would handle the relationship with President Poroshenko and what kind of aid to Ukraine he has in mind.
As I said, I believe that our priority with regard to Ukraine should be improving its access to non-Russian sources of energy by removing legal barriers to importing from other countries and improving its infrastructure, especially pipelines. Other than that, Ukraine needs to focus on rooting out corruption and building stronger public institutions. We can assist them as requested - economically, diplomatically, logistically - but part of this challenge is that the Ukrainian government needs to prove that it is independent and not embedded in any external sphere of influence. I don't favor military aid because I believe that doing so would escalate the country's conflict with Russia while achieving nothing substantive; the Ukrainian military is so inferior to its Russian counterpart that it would require assistance on a massive scale to make a meaningful difference.
-Do you plan to have an overreaching theme or message as SoEA?
For too long Atlasia's foreign policy has been guided by an isolationism of indifference. My goal is to re-engage with the world to solve the kind of problems that we cannot tackle alone, most notably, climate change.
What do you think we should about the Global Treaty Organization?
I have not spoken with the President on this subject and I have yet to familiarize myself with the details of our foreign policy dating back to the founding of the GTO. What I have read is a bit confusing. Apparently what started as an organization of wealthy, liberal democracies somehow admitted Somaliland and South Sudan in 2011?
Let me put it this way: I plan to review what my predecessors have accomplished. Unless it becomes clear that the GTO serves an important function and I can explain that function to the citizens of Atlasia, I will call for its abolition, as former Presidents Marokai and Napoleon have both advocated in the past. Speaking purely from a game reform perspective, it doesn't make sense to retain an element of the game that everyone has ignored for several years.
How do you plan to pursue the administration's plans to reform the United Nations?
I support the DemPGH-Windjammer plan to include Germany, India, Japan, and Brazil as permanent members of the Security Council and abolish vetoes for permanent members. But this will be a steep climb given the Security Council's current membership. Russia has isolated itself, and we have alienated China. For a start, we need to limit or eliminate our own use of the veto. There's no way that we can credibly advocate for its abolition if we continue to use it frequently.
What are your thoughts regarding China? Do you see it as a rival? If so, how would to try to contain them?
Our relationship with China has been unacceptably antagonistic. I plan to meet with Xi Jinping to discuss that relationship and what can be done to rectify the rift that has developed between us, in no small part because of rash action from past Atlasian Senates.
China is not our rival, at least not in the sense that the Soviet Union once was. Competitor
is probably a better descriptor, and even that only in a limited sense. In most respects, our global interests are in alignment - China has a clear preference for global stability. Our interests collide more frequently with regard to regional issues, including China's treatment of ethnic minorities, and its relationship with its neighbors - including many of our allies - in the South China Sea.
What is your take on the Superique Israel-Palestine peace deal?
I support what Superique has accomplished and will continue to monitor the region and meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders regularly to see that the arrangements that he has made do not fall through. The success of his peace plan will require our continued stewardship.
Do you have any plans regarding the ongoing Syrian Civil War?
We need to review whether the support that we've pledged for refugees of the conflict has been sufficient and effective, but I see no viable path for even a limited military intervention today.
Lastly, I would like to see if the nominee has any plans regarding some nations that have been in the news lately, like Egypt, Thailand and Japan.
To be completely forthright, I'm more interested in cultivating better relationships with large, growing countries where things are going relatively well
: Foremost among them, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, India. I think we're better off taking a preventive approach to global conflict by building good relationships - by expanding trade, easing immigration and travel, and gaining better knowledge of their people, culture, and history - with governments with relatively positive records well before problems occur.
I don't see a clear role for Atlasia in Egypt or Thailand. As difficult as it is to watch violence and other human rights abuses occur, it's rare to hear of people on the streets or even in elected legislatures calling for Atlasia to take a stronger hand in their country's internal politics. At this point the best that I can do is to keep a close eye on events in these countries and issue travel warnings.