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Transition 2012

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

Foreign Policy: Romney’s Trip Could Shift Debate on the Trail

by Newsteam Staff Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets Father Christian Tutor in Bow, New Hampshire July 20, 2012 (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters). Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets Father Christian Tutor in Bow, New Hampshire July 20, 2012 (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters).

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s upcoming trip to Europe and the Middle East could help establish his foreign policy credentials and shift focus away from talk of his personal wealth and business history, say analysts. Read more »

Midday Update: Obama Touts Iraq Success, Plans for Vets

by Newsteam Staff Monday, July 23, 2012
Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Colorado Hospital July 22, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Colorado Hospital July 22, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

Heading back to the trail after a weekend off (WashPost) out of respect for the Colorado shooting victims, President Barack Obama’s campaign is touting his defense and foreign policy record with a Monday Web video (The Hill) showcasing the president’s promise to draw down the U.S. military presence in Iraq ahead of a speech at the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Read more »

Syria Update: Obama’s Next Move Debated

by Newsteam Staff Monday, July 23, 2012
Men carry the coffin of a man protesters say was killed by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad near Damascus July 21, 2012 (Shaam News Network/Courtesy Reuters). Men carry the coffin of a man protesters say was killed by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad near Damascus July 21, 2012 (Shaam News Network/Courtesy Reuters).

As violence in Syria mounts, U.S. presidential candidates and analysts continue to debate the role of the United States and the United Nations in the conflict.

Following vetoes from Russia and China (Reuters) on a UN resolution calling for sanction against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last week, the White House called the vetoes “deplorable and regrettable.” Read more »

Economy Update: Glimmers of Hope Could Sway Voters

by Newsteam Staff Friday, July 20, 2012
A newly built home is sold in Carlsbad, California February 21, 2012 (Mike Blake/Courtesy Reuters). A newly built home is sold in Carlsbad, California February 21, 2012 (Mike Blake/Courtesy Reuters).

While polls show bad economic news during the presidential campaign’s summer season may be hurting President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, some analysts say there are areas of economic good news for the president. Read more »

Midday Update: Obama Heads to Florida to Tout Tax Cuts

by Newsteam Staff Thursday, July 19, 2012
Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands in Bowling Green, Ohio, July 18, 2012 (Matt Sullivan/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands in Bowling Green, Ohio, July 18, 2012 (Matt Sullivan/Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama is heading to Florida on a two-day campaign stop (MiamiHerald) to appeal to voters on debt reduction and extending tax cuts for the middle class. A statement issued by the Obama campaign this week said he would “discuss his plan to restore middle-class security by paying down our debt in a balanced way that ensures everyone pays their fair share and still invests in the things we need to create jobs and grow our economy over the long term.” Read more »

Economy Update: Obama’s Job Council Under Scrutiny

by Newsteam Staff Thursday, July 19, 2012
Workers construct a home in Joplin, Missouri May 16, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). Workers construct a home in Joplin, Missouri May 16, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned in Ohio this week (AP) stressing that he will have a more jobs and business friendly approach than his rival President Barack Obama, a message that may garner more attention following a report about the president’s jobs panel. Read more »

Midday Update: Surrogates Discuss Foreign Policy, Trade

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Photo of the Day: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after a political strategy session on Capitol Hill, July 17, 2012. (Courtesy Reuters/Yuri Gripas ) Photo of the Day: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after a political strategy session on Capitol Hill, July 17, 2012. (Courtesy Reuters/Yuri Gripas )

Surrogates for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama agreed Tuesday that foreign aid is vital for U.S. security and economic growth but disagreed on who is the better choice to distribute it and develop new international trade deals (The Hill). Read more »

Afghanistan Update: GOP Still Vague on Romney’s Plan

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A member of a Female Engagement Team attached to Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry gives candy to children in Afghanistan's Paktiya Province July 16, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters). A member of the U.S. military in Afghanistan's Paktiya Province July 16, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has said he disagrees with President Barack Obama’s handling of the war in Afghanistan, but ForeignPolicy.com reports that he has not yet adequately addressed what he would do differently, challenging even members of his own party. Read more »

Midday Update: Economy Still Driving Election

by Newsteam Staff Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Photo of the Day: U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 17, 2012. (Yuri Gripas/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 17, 2012. (Yuri Gripas/Courtesy Reuters)

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney escalated their continuing campaign trail battle over the economy, the free market, and integrity Monday, each attempting to portray the other as part of the nation’s problem rather than its solution (NYT). Read more »

Israel Update: Examining Obama’s Uneasy Relations

by Newsteam Staff Tuesday, July 17, 2012
U.S. visitors stand in front of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City November 6, 2011 (Baz Ratner/Courtesy Reuters). U.S. visitors stand in front of the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City November 6, 2011 (Baz Ratner/Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama’s challenges with the U.S.-Israel relationship continue to generate talk on the campaign trail as his GOP rival Mitt Romney’s trip to the region draws near. Read more »