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Transition 2012

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

Midday Update: Obama, Romney Close on Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff Friday, October 19, 2012
Protesters wearing masks of U.S. President Obama and GOP nominee Romney in New York October 18, 2012. (Eduardo Munoz/Courtesy Reuters) Protesters wearing masks of U.S. President Obama and GOP nominee Romney in New York October 18, 2012. (Eduardo Munoz/Courtesy Reuters)

President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney are nearly tied in a new Pew survey on which candidate would do a better job making wise foreign policy decisions, with 47 percent favoring Obama and 43 percent choosing Romney. This represents a gain of fifteen points for Romney since September. Read more »

Midday Update: Candidates Understate Nuances on China

by Newsteam Staff Thursday, October 18, 2012
Photo of the Day: A father holds up a baby to catch a glimpse of President Obama during a campaign rally October 17, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A father holds up a baby to catch a glimpse of President Obama during a campaign rally October 17, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)

While both President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney have spent significant amounts of time talking about how to deal with China’s trade practices, the reality of currency manipulation is far more nuanced, reports the New York Times. Read more »

Views From Abroad: North America’s Economic Opportunity

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, October 17, 2012
A worker maintains machinery at an industrial building of Meco Corporation in Saltillo January 25, 2011. (Tomas Bravo/Courtesy Reuters) A worker maintains machinery at an industrial building of Meco Corporation in Saltillo January 25, 2011. (Tomas Bravo/Courtesy Reuters)

In this week’s Views, we have a guest post from Amy L. Glover, a member of Mexico’s Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI). The thoughts below are her own and do not reflect the positions of COMEXI. Read more »

Midday Update: Moderation on China Expected After Election

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Photo of the Day: A member of the media walks past a demonstrator before the second U.S. presidential campaign debate October 16, 2012. (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A member of the media walks past a demonstrator before the second U.S. presidential campaign debate October 16, 2012. (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters)

Both President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney have used increasingly tough language on China (NYT) during the campaign, but analysts predict that based on the experiences of past administrations, either candidate would likely moderate his position if elected (CNN). Read more »

Debate Two: China & Benghazi Provoke Heated Exchanges

by Newsteam Staff Wednesday, October 17, 2012
GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during the second U.S. presidential debate October 16, 2012. (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters) GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during the second U.S. presidential debate October 16, 2012. (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters)

Tuesday’s debate between President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney focused heavily on domestic topics, but the subjects of Chinese trade policies and the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi provoked two of the most heated exchanges of the second debate (NYT). Read more »

Midday Update: Obama, Romney to Debate Tonight

by Newsteam Staff Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Photo of the Day: Stand in presidential candidates are seen on a video monitor prior to Tuesday's presidential debate October 15, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Stand in presidential candidates are seen on a video monitor prior to Tuesday's presidential debate October 15, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters)

President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will face off in a town hall-style debate tonight, a less predictable format (CNN) that either candidate could use to his advantage. Read more »

What They’re Saying: Syria a Bigger Blunder Than Benghazi

by Newsteam Staff Monday, October 15, 2012
Two members of the Free Syrian Army stand on a tank as they gesture "V" for victory October 12, 2012. (Eyad Garood/Courtesy Reuters) Two members of the Free Syrian Army stand on a tank as they gesture "V" for victory October 12, 2012. (Eyad Garood/Courtesy Reuters)
On Syria:

Amid the ongoing criticism of President Obama over the consulate attack in Benghazi, Jackson Diehl writes in the Washington Post that “when historians look back on Obama’s mistakes in the last four years, they will focus on something entirely different: his catastrophic mishandling of the revolution in Syria.” Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Criticizes Currency Report Delay

by Newsteam Staff Monday, October 15, 2012
Photo of the Day: A supporter of GOP nominee Mitt Romney holds a flag during a campaign rally October 12, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A supporter of GOP nominee Mitt Romney holds a flag during a campaign rally October 12, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney criticized President Obama’s decision to postpone the release of a government currency report (WSJ) until after the election, saying the president declined an opportunity to label China a currency manipulator. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Camp Criticizes Russia Arms Deal Halt

by Newsteam Staff Friday, October 12, 2012
Photo of the Day: A customer pulls an Obama pin off the jacket of a seller on a street October 11, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A customer pulls an Obama pin off the jacket of a seller on a street October 11, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign characterized a Russian announcement that it is pulling out of a twenty-year-long arms reduction pact with the United States (TheHill) as an indication that “they do not perceive [the United States] to be strong.” Read more »

VP Debate: Joe Biden and Paul Ryan Tackle Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff Friday, October 12, 2012
GOP vice-presidential nominee Ryan and U.S. Vice President Biden chat at the conclusion of the U.S. vice presidential debate October 11, 2012. (Michael Reynolds/Courtesy Reuters) GOP vice-presidential nominee Ryan and U.S. Vice President Biden chat at the conclusion of the U.S. vice presidential debate October 11, 2012. (Michael Reynolds/Courtesy Reuters)

Vice President Joe Biden and vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan faced off in the only vice presidential debate of the campaign 2012, covering international topics from Iran to Syria to Afghanistan in what turned out to be a foreign-policy heavy discussion (NBC). Here’s what they had to say on Iran, Syria, and Afghanistan. Read more »