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Transition 2012

A guide to foreign policy and the 2012 U.S. presidential transition.

Homeland Security Update: Bin Laden’s Death and the U.S. Race

by Newsteam Staff Monday, April 30, 2012
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and f the national security team in the Situation Room during the mission against Osama bin Laden, May 1, 2011 (White House/Pete Souza/Courtesy Reuters). President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and f the national security team in the Situation Room during the mission against Osama bin Laden, May 1, 2011 (White House/Pete Souza/Courtesy Reuters).

On the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, analysts examine how the controversial raid in Pakistan by U.S. forces is playing out on the campaign trail.

In his 2008 presidential bid, current GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, criticized then-Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s pledge to take on al-Qaeda even in Pakistan. Though Romney now says (WashPost) he would have made the same call as Obama on the May 2011 raid that led to bin Laden’s death, the Obama campaign is using Romney’s former comments in a controversial new ad that has the GOP is crying foul. Read more »

Weekend Roundup: Romney Says Protect Chinese Dissident

by Newsteam Staff Monday, April 30, 2012
Photo of the Day: A prayer vigil for Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng outside the Chinese embassy in Washington April 29, 2012 (Benjamin Myers/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: A prayer vigil for Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng outside the Chinese embassy in Washington April 29, 2012 (Benjamin Myers/Courtesy Reuters).

GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney called on U.S. officials to protect Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng who escaped house arrest and is believed to hiding at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Read more »

Views from Abroad: More on China’s Take on the U.S. Race

by Toni Johnson Saturday, April 28, 2012
Imperial Vault of Heaven in Beijing October 28, 2007. (David Gray/Courtesy Reuters) Imperial Vault of Heaven in Beijing October 28, 2007. (David Gray/Courtesy Reuters)

This week we interviewed Jia Qingguo, a leading American studies scholar based in Beijing, who says, despite the campaign rhetoric against China on issues like trade, most Chinese leaders believe this is just politics and no matter who is elected in November, U.S. policy on China is unlikely to significantly change. Read more »

Economy Update: The ‘Taxmageddon’ Debate

by Newsteam Staff Friday, April 27, 2012
A demonstrator at a tax day protest in Oakland, California April 17, 2012 (Stephen Lam/Courtesy Reuters). A demonstrator at a tax day protest in Oakland, California April 17, 2012 (Stephen Lam/Courtesy Reuters).

Former and current advisers to the presidential candidates are taking a critical look at the tax issues on the table as the debate ratchets up over who has the best prescription for ballooning debt and deficits. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Campaigns Step Up Battle on Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff Friday, April 27, 2012
Photo of the Day: Vice President Joe Biden delivers a foreign policy speech in New York, April 26, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Vice President Joe Biden delivers a foreign policy speech in New York, April 26, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).

Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign adviser Richard Williamson warned (FP) that developments in North Korea, continued unrest in Syria and Iran’s nuclear ambitions, could signal an unraveling of President Obama’s foreign policy, likening it to the troubled last months of the Carter administration. Read more »

Immigration Update: Debate Intensifies After Arizona Case

by Newsteam Staff Thursday, April 26, 2012
Opponent and supporter of Arizona immigration law outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington April 25, 2012 (Gary Cameron/Courtesy Reuters) Opponent and supporter of Arizona immigration law outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington April 25, 2012 (Gary Cameron/Courtesy Reuters)

After a day of oral arguments on Arizona’s controversial immigration law in the U.S. Supreme Court,  some analysts are speculating (CSMonitor) President Barack Obama is headed for a potential election-year defeat. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Biden to Defend Obama’s Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff Thursday, April 26, 2012
Photo of the Day: Supporters listen toPresident Barack Obama at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, April 25, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Supporters listen to President Barack Obama at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, April 25, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

Vice President Joe Biden is expected defend President Barack Obama’s national security and international affairs record and criticize GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s foreign policy (AP), linking it to the policies of former President George W. Bush. Read more »

Economy Update: Hammering Obama on His Record

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, February 23, 2012 (Brendan McDermid/Courtesy Reuters). Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, February 23, 2012 (Brendan McDermid/Courtesy Reuters)

With much of the 2012 campaign about the U.S. economic recovery, some conservative analysts are finding plenty of fault with President Barack Obama’s economic record.

Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, said recently that GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s economic plans (Politico) are too much like those of former President George W. Bush and will cancel out the progress of the last three years. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: After Wins, Romney Takes on the Economy

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Photo of the Day: Romney supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire April 24, 2012 (Dominick Reuter/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Romney supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire April 24, 2012 (Dominick Reuter/Courtesy Reuters).

Mitt Romney may have solidified his status as the GOP’s presumptive nominee Tuesday night, winning five big state primaries, and relaunching his campaign for what is expected to be a tough fight against President Barack Obama, especially on the economy. Read more »

Afghanistan Update: Questions on a Long-Term Commitment

by Newsteam Staff Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Afghan girls watch as a US soldier patrols in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan April 21, 2012 (Baz Ratne/Courtesy Reuters) Afghan girls watch as a US soldier patrols in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan April 21, 2012 (Baz Ratne/Courtesy Reuters)

Addressing Afghanistan continues to be a conundrum for GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney as the Obama administration attempts to outline the U.S. commitment there long-term. Read more »