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John Kerry seen as well trained for world stage

Diplomatic work boosts his profile for Cabinet post

WASHINGTON — Senator John F. Kerry has spent much of his career sitting across from foreign leaders trying to find solutions to seemingly intractable problems — from Nicaragua to Pakistan and Vietnam to Syria.

If he becomes President Obama’s next secretary of state as expected, Kerry will carry the greatest negotiating authority of his career — and face immense pressure to advance from an expert listener and seeker of common ground to an international dealmaker of the highest caliber.

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