The announcement today included his selection for Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. He also announced that Susan Rice will serve as ambassador to the United Nations, Gen. James L. Jones will be national security adviser, and Robert M. Gates, the current defense secretary, will maintain his post.
From her post as Secretary of State, Clinton will lead U.S. diplomatic relations, including the coming negotiations on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. This is especially relevant this week, as world leaders gather in Poznan, Poland, to continue laying the groundwork for that treaty.
She talked to Grist last year, when she was vying for the Democratic nomination, about international negotiations and the need to bring along developing economics like India and China. "Global warming is a global problem that's going to require a global solution," she said. "As president, I will work to involve both China and India. But I think it's important for the U.S. to provide leadership by taking aggressive steps to reduce our contribution to global-warming pollution."