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Transition 2012

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

Defense Update: Romney Vows to Bolster Spending & NATO

by Newsteam Staff Thursday, May 24, 2012
NATO peacekeepers from Austria march together at Djakovica Airport in Kosovo, April 27, 2012 (Hazir Reka/Courtesy Reuters). NATO peacekeepers from Austria march together at Djakovica Airport in Kosovo, April 27, 2012 (Hazir Reka/Courtesy Reuters).

Concerns about U.S. defense spending coupled with funding for and the stability of the NATO alliance are carrying over into the U.S. presidential race.

Though combat operations in Afghanistan were in the spotlight at the NATO summit in Chicago this week, underlying the meeting was the reality that the alliance has been weakened by the eurozone crisis, which has put pressure on countries to cut defense spending. Read more »

Midday Roundup: Voters Support Obama’s Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, May 23, 2012
U.S. President Barack Obama walks towards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 23, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama walks towards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 23, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

Voters approve more highly of President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy than of the economy, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which also shows a nearly even split between Obama and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney overall. Read more »

Afghanistan Update: Obama’s Strategy Still Faces Doubts

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Afghan National Army soldiers take part in training at the Afghan National Army Military Training Center in Kabul March 26, 2012 (Omar Sobhani/Courtesy Reuters) Afghan National Army soldiers take part in training at the Afghan National Army Military Training Center in Kabul March 26, 2012 (Omar Sobhani/Courtesy Reuters)

As NATO solidifies plans for Afghanistan withdrawal, the U.S. election provides more impetus for analysts to examine President Barack Obama’s strategy there.
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Midday Roundup: Obama Faces Hurdles on the Economy, Bain

by Newsteam Staff Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Photo of the Day: Students are moved to tears during President Barack Obama's address at the 2012 Joplin High School commencement ceremony in Joplin, Missouri, May 21, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Students are moved to tears during President Barack Obama's address at the 2012 Joplin High School commencement ceremony in Joplin, Missouri, May 21, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

A new ABC/Washington Post poll shows that President Barack Obama still faces a number of obstacles on the economy this election year. Of those polled, 30 percent of voters said they are less well off financially now than they were when Obama became president, compared with 16 percent who said they are better off. More than 50 percent said things are mostly the same. Read more »

China Update: Romney Praises Outcome for Chinese Dissident

by Newsteam Staff Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng and his wife Yuan Weijing in New York May 19, 2012. (Keith Bedford/Courtesy Reuters) Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng and his wife Yuan Weijing in New York May 19, 2012. (Keith Bedford/Courtesy Reuters)

After a major human rights debate on the campaign trail over the fate of Chinese dissident, Chen Guangcheng, he slipped into the United States over the weekend (LAT) with comparatively little comment from the candidates. Chen made international headlines earlier in the month after escaping house arrest and hiding in the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Read more »

Midday Roundup: Voters Differ on Candidates and the Economy

by Newsteam Staff Monday, May 21, 2012
Photo of the Day: Demonstrators flash at an anti-NATO protest march in Chicago May 20, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Demonstrators flash at an anti-NATO protest march in Chicago May 20, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

Voters differ on whether President Barack Obama or GOP likely presidential nominee Mitt Romney is better for economic issues they rank as most important, according the the latest Gallup poll. Read more »

Economy Update: Setting Up An Election-Year Budget Battle

by Newsteam Staff Monday, May 21, 2012
The dome of the Capitol is reflected in a puddle in Washington, February 17, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque /Courtesy Reuters) The dome of the Capitol is reflected in a puddle in Washington, February 17, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque /Courtesy Reuters)

While President Barack Obama and presumed Republican rival Mitt Romney run campaigns focused largely on the struggling economy, Congress is preparing for a new round of budget battles on debt reduction and tax cuts. Read more »

Views from Abroad: Egyptian Candidate Discusses U.S. Race

by Toni Johnson Friday, May 18, 2012
Egyptian soldiers walk in front of the Great Giza pyramids February 9, 2011. (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Courtesy Reuters) Egyptian soldiers walk in front of the Great Giza pyramids February 9, 2011. (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Courtesy Reuters)

On this week’s views, we will start in Egypt, a country that has seen tremendous upheaval in the last year and is about to select a new president for the first time in decades. Presidential candidate Amr Moussa sat down with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Here is what he had to say: Read more »

Economy Update: Obama Hosts Summits Amid Euro Tremors

by Newsteam Staff Friday, May 18, 2012
Ssecurity fence set up around the perimeter of McCormick Place, which will host the NATO meeting, in Chicago May 17, 2012. (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters) Ssecurity fence set up around the perimeter of McCormick Place, which will host the NATO meeting, in Chicago May 17, 2012. (Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters)

As President Barack Obama takes a campaign pause to play host at back-to-back high-level international summits with leaders of NATO and the G8, analysts say the eurozone crisis is becoming a factor in the U.S. election already heavily focused on economic issues. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Romney Launches ‘Day-One’ Ad

by Newsteam Staff Friday, May 18, 2012
Photo of the Day: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on a factory tour in Baltimore, Maryland, May 17, 2012 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on a factory tour in Baltimore, Maryland, May 17, 2012 (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is diving into the general election with his first ad, “Day One,” showing a Romney presidency that will approve the Keystone Pipeline, introduce tax cuts and reforms, replace Obama’s signature healthcare legislation with “common sense healthcare reform.” Read more »