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View Diary: Meet President Obama's pick for World Bank: Dr. Jim Yong Kim (111 comments)

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  •  Out of curiosity... (1+ / 0-)
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    if we stipulate that Obama was not willing to surrender a historical US prerogative by making a non-US nomination (or by supporting another country's nomination), do you have candidates whom you would rate higher than a single?

    Or would it only be acceptable for Obama to give up US control of the WB presidency, risking revolt in Congress (among our courageous Dems, among others) and the press?  I'm not saying that wouldn't have been a great and brave move, just asking if you can name someone you'd consider a more qualified, and/or more visionary, candidate?

    •  Absolutely ... (1+ / 0-)
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      South Africa, Angola, Nigeria and other developing countries have put forward Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as a candidate.

      Just watch her talking at TED about what Africa needs.

      Not a chance in hell of getting the job, but she would be game changing.

      (Anyway, If you have 15 minutes that is a terrific video to watch where she talks about how donors, countries, international agencies need to work together to develop Africa.)

      •  She's your home run, who are double and triple (1+ / 0-)
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        worthy nominations?

        •  I didn't vote for Obama ... (0+ / 0-)

          to settle for a lousy triple ;)

          That said, I'm not sure who in the US would have a good combination of passion, profile and experience. None of the publicly named candidates in the US (Sachs, Kerry, Susan Rice, Indra Nooyi, Summers) seemed to have all the requisite skills.

          Dr. Kim is perhaps better than most of them; Hillary could have been equally good (with completely different skills/profile) if she had wanted the job.

          Joe Stiglitz (if he wanted the job) would be better than Dr Kim (IMHO) but then Stiglitz himself said that the ideal candidate would come from the developing world ....

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