... Riding on a pony. Stuck a feather in his hat and called it..

Sorry, got off track there. ;)

But New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson came to the University of New Mexico this morning to talk international politics with a group of UNM students enrolled in International Relations.  For those of you who don't know, before becoming Governor of New Mexico Richardson had a successful career as a high level diplomat, including serving as Ambassador to the United Nations under the Clinton administration.  Prior to that, then Congressman Richardson was often called upon by President Clinton to tackle some of the toughest diplomatic situations on behalf of the United States, from talks with former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to negotiations with North Korea.

In class today Governor Richardson took questions ranging from:

  • the importance of negotiations with North Korea

  • the potential ending of the economic embargo of Cuba

  • renewing America's moral position in the world

  • the possibility of economic sanctions against Iran, and why international cooperation is needed for such an endeavor

  • should the International Atomic Energy Agency be more involved with the reduction of nuclear weapons in the world

  • among others

Governor Richardson took a moment after class to talk with me and answer a couple of questions that had been previously raised on Twitter (hat tip to @wreichard2 for the questions).