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Transition 2012

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

Election Day Update: Foreign Policy and the Presidency

by Newsteam Staff Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Photo of the Day: Voters cast their ballots in a polling site built to service residents of the Queens borough neighborhoods of Breezy Point and the Rockaways in New York November 6, 2012. (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Voters in a polling site built to serve residents of the storm-ravaged neighborhoods of Breezy Point and the Rockaways in New York City, November 6, 2012. (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters)

In the lead up to November 6, presidential candidates have debated a number of domestic challenges, the biggest being job creation and the slow economic recovery. They have also been confronted with a number of foreign policy issues from Iran and Afghanistan to the U.S. relationships with China, Russia, and the Middle East. And after the Inauguration Day, many of these pressing issues will require the attention of the commander in chief almost immediately. Read more »

Midday Update: Economists’ Advice for the Candidates

by Newsteam Staff Monday, November 5, 2012
Photo of the Day: Bags filled with voting supplies wait to be doubled checked prior being sent to precincts in Charlotte November 5, 2012. (Chris Keane/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Bags filled with voting supplies wait to be doubled checked prior being sent to precincts in Charlotte November 5, 2012. (Chris Keane/Courtesy Reuters)

The BBC provides a roundup of economists’ recommendations on how either candidate should handle the economic challenges confronting the United States.

Martin Regalia, chief economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, says: Read more »

Views From Abroad: India, Israel, Latin America

by Newsteam Staff Monday, November 5, 2012
Women pray during the Hindu festival of Karva Chauth inside a temple in Chandigarh, India November 2, 2012. (Ajay Verma/Courtesy Reuters) Women pray during the Hindu festival of Karva Chauth inside a temple in Chandigarh, India November 2, 2012. (Ajay Verma/Courtesy Reuters)

In the final Views post before Election Day, we head to India, where Rengaraj Viswanathan writes in the Merco Press that the U.S. election is no longer the “most watched show in the global theater,” and the transition of power in China is now watched with equal interest, both by Indians and citizens of other nations. Read more »

Midday Update: Candidates Spar Over ‘Secretary of Business’

by Newsteam Staff Friday, November 2, 2012
Photo of the day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney arrives in his campaign bus for a rally November 2, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the day: GOP nominee Mitt Romney arrives in his campaign bus for a rally November 2, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama’s proposal to consolidate numerous government business programs (CBS) into one agency as another layer of bureaucracy, while the Obama administration characterized it as streamlining the federal government. Read more »

Midday Update: Election’s Last Jobs Report Set for Release

by Newsteam Staff Thursday, November 1, 2012
Photo of the Day: President Obama talks in a New Jersey neighborhood after it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey October 31, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: President Obama talks in a New Jersey neighborhood after it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey October 31, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

The federal government will release the October jobs report, the last to be issued before Election Day, on Friday morning as scheduled (NYT) despite a two-day shutdown caused by Hurricane Sandy. Read more »