The Republican Party is actively working on the strong boost of "international experience" of Sarah Palin, as a vice-presidential candidate. Analysts believe that this flaw might neutralize the positive factors that the Alaskan governor is believed to be bringing into John McCain's campaign.
During the annual UN General Assembly on September 24 Sarah Palin will conduct meetings with the presidents of Georgia and Ukraine, as well as with leaders of Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Colombia, and India. The "conversations" with the world leaders should help Palin in her preparations for the pre-election television debates with Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden. At the moment, he leads the Senate Committee on International Relations.
Palin, however, made it clear that she was not going to spend too much time gaining a better understanding of international issues. She already supported Georgia and made fairly sharp comments regarding Russia's involvement in the Caucasian conflict.
John Wohlstetter, expert on international politics and international security with Discovery Institute (Seattle, USA), believes that the US Administration can change its attitude towards Russia if McCain-Palin ticket wins. At the moment, the White House, according to the expert, will work on "autopilot" for the remaining four months [of Bush's presidency].
McCain's Administration, according to Wohlstetter, will take a sterner stance in its relations with Russia on such issues as anti-missile defense system, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, energy and NATO expansion. Barack Obama may solve same issues differently, said Wohlstetter.
Also, said the expert, McCain advocates for large liberalization in world trade, while Obama is against it. He has to take into account the position of the unions that support him. Mr. Wohlstetter is confident that McCain and Palin will close Russia's entry to the WTO until Russia "completely leaves Georgia." It is not clear if Obama would insist on it.