December 28, 2013

Kerry first year marked by big risks

Source: The Boston Globe

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry has shown an eagerness to plunge headlong into some of the world’s most intractable problems, projecting optimism but raising the risk of high-profile failures.

He has flown more miles than any first year secretary of state in recent memory — even more than his predecessor, Hillary Clinton. He is so willing to negotiate and meet with other world leaders that even opponents find it admirable.

“The thing that surprises me about Kerry is his willingness to take risks,” said Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for a New American Security and a former national security staffer for Senator John McCain. “He is not afraid to fail, and that to me seems to be one of his defining characteristics as secretary of state.” Full story for subscribers.


  • Richard Fontaine

    Chief Executive Officer

    Richard Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer of CNAS. He served as President of CNAS from 2012–19 and as Senior Fellow from 2009–12. Prior to CNAS, he was foreign policy ad...