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Transition 2012

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

Convention Update: Romney Accepts GOP Nomination

by Newsteam Staff Friday, August 31, 2012
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 30, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

The Republican National Convention wrapped up Thursday night with Mitt Romney formally accepting his party’s nomination for president. Romney and the other speakers focused primarily on domestic issues, such as education, and how they impact U.S. global competitiveness. Read more »

Midday Update: Convention Spotlights Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff Thursday, August 30, 2012
Photo of the Day: Convention goers listen to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 29, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Convention goers listen to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 29, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

Signature moments of the Republican National Convention Wednesday night included vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who spoke on reinvigorating White House leadership of an economic turnaround (WashPost), and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who stressed the need for the U.S. president not to shirk from leadership (Reuters) on a range of global issues. Read more »

Convention Update: GOP on Foreign Policy, Competitiveness

by Newsteam Staff Thursday, August 30, 2012
Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan accepts the nomination as at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 29, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). Rep. Paul Ryan accepts the GOP nomination for vice president at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 29, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

The United States’ role on the world stage and in the global economy were central topics during the second night of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) accepted his party’s nomination for vice president of the United States. Read more »

Midday Update: GOP’s Platform Economically Conservative

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Photo of the Day: Delegates celebrate after Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney clinches the Republican presidential nomination during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 28, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Delegates on the second day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 28, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

The GOP platform adopted Tuesday at the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida, takes on  fiscal and social issues in what some analysts says is a sharp lean to the right. Read more »

Convention Update: Tuesday Speeches Focus on the Economy

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, August 29, 2012
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 28, 2012. (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 28, 2012. (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters)

The Republican National Convention was in full swing Tuesday night, with speakers focusing on economic messages, including job creation, the struggles of U.S. small businesses, and the fiscal future of the United States. Here are a few excerpts:

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) touched on what he said was the need to speak frankly with voters about the hard realities on federal spending. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Camp Eyeing Possible Cabinet

by Newsteam Staff Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Photo of the Day: A woman looks out from the upper levels of the Republican National Convention during the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 27, 2012 (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: A woman looks out from the upper levels of the Republican National Convention during the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 27, 2012 (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters).

Even before Mitt Romney is officially nominated as the Republican presidential candidate, his top advisers are working on choosing his potential cabinet (Politico), including Robert Zoellick, former World Bank president and Goldman Sachs executive, as a possible secretary of state. Read more »

Convention Update: The Candidates and Foreign Policy

by Toni Johnson Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The 2012 Republican National Convention opening in Tampa, , August 27, 2012. (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters) The 2012 Republican National Convention opening in Tampa, , August 27, 2012. (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters)

The GOP convention has begun in Tampa. National political conventions as a rule primarily focus on domestic policy, and the 2012 election has largely been about the U.S. economy and ancillary issues like entitlement spending. However, there are number of foreign policy issues that could also come to play. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Lays Out Economic Recovery Plan

by Newsteam Staff Monday, August 27, 2012
Photo of the Day: Workers carry a Romney Ryan 2012 sign on the floor at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 26, 2012 (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Workers carry a Romney Ryan 2012 sign on the floor at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 26, 2012 (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters).

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney outlined his plans governing for Politico’s Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen, including his plans to run his administration more like a business and address the sluggish economy. Read more »

Convention Update: A History of Foreign Policy Platforms

by Toni Johnson Monday, August 27, 2012
Republican National Convention as preparations continue for the delayed start of the convention in Tampa, Florida August 26, 2012. (Jim Bourg/Courtesy Reuters) Republican National Convention as preparations continue for the delayed start of the convention in Tampa, Florida August 26, 2012. (Jim Bourg/Courtesy Reuters)

With the Republican National Convention kicking off this week, we took a look at some  of the more memorable and pivotal moments of convention platforms and speeches addressing major foreign policy issues in prior years for both parties. Read more »

Midday Update: GOP Platform Short on Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff Thursday, August 23, 2012
Photo of the Day: Young supporters wait to meet Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Bettendorf, Iowa, August 22, 2012. (John Gress/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Young supporters wait to meet Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Bettendorf, Iowa, August 22, 2012. (John Gress/Courtesy Reuters).

The Washington Post’s Walter Pincus writes that there are few surprises in the GOP’s 2012 defense and foreign policy platform approved this week. Read more »