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Video Brief Roundup: Arab Revolutions and the UN

by Newsteam Staff
December 28, 2012


These videos are from a series with CFR fellows on vital foreign policy and national security topics that will face President Barack Obama in his second term. They were recorded during the campaign and originally posted as part of the President’s Inbox, a collection of materials on issues that will face the next president beginning next year.

Steven A. Cook on the Arab Revolutions

The administration will likely confront a greatly changed Middle East political landscape due to ongoing civil upheaval, says Steven A. Cook, CFR’s senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies. He says the president will have to grapple with the fact that the regional political order “that made it relatively easier and relatively less expensive for the United States to pursue its interests in the Middle East has been turned over.”

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

Stewart M. Patrick on the United Nations

Navigating the United States’ “tricky” and “ambivalent” relationship with the United Nations will be one of the biggest foreign policy challenges for the administration, says CFR’s Stewart M. Patrick. The president will continue to rely on the UN to accomplish goals the United States can’t achieve on its own, to share the burdens that might otherwise fall entirely on the United States, and to win legitimacy for U.S. efforts, Patrick argues.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

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