The Candidates and The World

Transition 2012

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

Overnight Roundup: Candidates Favor Low Student Loan Rate

by Newsteam Staff Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama walks with Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel light candles at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, April 23, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama with Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in Washington, April 23, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)

In a press conference (Politico) at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came out in favor of extending low interest rates on student loans in an appeal to young voters, many of whom are facing economic uncertainty. Read more »

China Update: Walking a Thin Line on North Korea

by Newsteam Staff Monday, April 23, 2012
A soldier stands guard in front of the Unha-3 at the North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site April 8, 2012 (Bobby Yip/Courtesy Reuters). A soldier stands guard in front of the Unha-3 at the North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site April 8, 2012 (Bobby Yip/Courtesy Reuters).

In a U.S. presidential campaign that has already focused on trade and economic conflict with China, Washington and Beijing could also soon be in conflict on China’s ties to North Korea and provide more fodder on the campaign trail. Read more »

Weekend Roundup: Axelrod Makes Obama’s Economic Case

by Newsteam Staff Monday, April 23, 2012
Photo of the Day: An audience member looks at the program for the Franklin County Lincoln Day Dinner in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, April 22, 2012 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: An audience member looks at the program for the Franklin County Lincoln Day Dinner in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, April 22, 2012 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

President Obama’s chief campaign strategist, David Axelrod, says the economy is “moving in the right direction,” with last quarter’s job creation and manufacturing numbers the best they have been in years. Axelrod made the Sunday morning talk show rounds, appearing on both Meet the Press (NBC) and State of the Union (CNN). Read more »

Immigration Update: Romney’s DREAM Act Hot Seat

by Newsteam Staff Friday, April 20, 2012
U.S. port of entry in El Paso, Texas November 14, 2010. (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters) U.S. port of entry in El Paso, Texas November 14, 2010. (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters)

President Barack Obama and GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney are taking on immigration as they compete for the hearts and minds of Latino voters this fall.

And the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship to undocumented immigrant kids, has become central to the debate in recent weeks as Romney grapples with an alternate plan (Politico) from Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Romney Picks Foreign Policy Spokesman

by Newsteam Staff Friday, April 20, 2012
Photo of the Day: U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at Holocaust Remembrance Day in Washington April 19, 2012 (Jose Luis Magana/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at Holocaust Remembrance Day in Washington April 19, 2012 (Jose Luis Magana/Courtesy Reuters).

Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney added Richard A. Grenell to his presidential campaign staff as national security and foreign policy spokesman Thursday, according to the Washington Post‘s Phillip Rucker. Read more »

Afghanistan Update: Romney’s Potential Policy Under Scrutiny

by Newsteam Staff Thursday, April 19, 2012
Security forces at the site of an incident in Kabul April 16, 2012 (Omar Sobhani/Courtesy Reuters). Security forces at the site of an incident in Kabul April 16, 2012 (Omar Sobhani/Courtesy Reuters).

With increased violence and growing voter dissatisfaction putting Afghanistan in the spotlight, Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney’s position on the war is coming under more intense scrutiny (NYT) as the primary winds down. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Weighing Foreign Policy Positions

by Newsteam Staff Thursday, April 19, 2012
Photo of the Day: A supporter captures video of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Charlotte, North Carolina April 18, 2012.(Chris Keane/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A supporter captures video of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Charlotte, North Carolina April 18, 2012.(Chris Keane/Courtesy Reuters)

With the race likely down to President Obama and GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, their differences on their foreign policy is getting more attention.

Conor Friedersdorf in The Atlantic says differences between a future Romney or Obama foreign policy is largely “unknowable.” Read more »

Iran Update: Talking to Tehran Even Harder in an Election Year

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the unveiling of new nuclear projects in Tehran February 15, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters). Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the unveiling of new nuclear projects in Tehran February 15, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

The first round of nuclear talks with Iran exposes President Barack Obama’s difficult election-year position (TIME). He faces dealing with an obstinate Iran, an accusatory Israel, voters who do not want to see more U.S. military action, and heavy criticism from Republicans in Congress and likely general election opponent Mitt Romney. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Obama Takes On Oil Speculators

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama in the White House Rose Garden with Cabinet members April 17, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama in the White House Rose Garden with Cabinet members April 17, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

With voters feeling the pinch of $4 gas, President Barack Obama proposed new measures Tuesday to reduce oil market manipulation with hopes stiffer penalties will stave off false price fluctuations. Read more »

Syria Update: Obama on an Election-Year Tightrope

by Newsteam Staff Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A protest against Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad at a mosque in Istanbul March 18, 2012 (Osman Orsal/Courtesy Reuters). A protest against Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad at a mosque in Istanbul March 18, 2012 (Osman Orsal/Courtesy Reuters).

President Obama could soon be pushed into to an impossible position for an election year on Syria. Though a ceasefire agreement was reached weeks ago and was supposed to go into effect April 10, violence in Syria has continued and even spread, which could force the U.S.’s and allies’ hand on military intervention even though voters oppose it. Read more »