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Video Brief Roundup: Pakistan, China, and North Korea

by Newsteam Staff

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.

Daniel Markey on Pakistan

In this video, Daniel Markey, CFR’s senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, discusses the strategic importance of Pakistan, saying the administration “will be forced to come to terms with the fact that there are no good options when it comes to Pakistan.”

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What They’re Saying: Second-Term Engagement

by Newsteam Staff
Secretary of Defense Panetta introduces President Barack Obama at the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction symposium December 3, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) Secretary of Defense Panetta introduces President Barack Obama at the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction symposium December 3, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)
On Foreign Policy

The Economist’s Lexington blog notes that typically American presidents look abroad to create their legacy during a second term, but that President Obama may be an exception: Read more »

Views From Abroad: World Reacts to Obama’s Win

by Newsteam Staff
A man carries balloons for sale during Eid al-Adha festival in Karachi October 27, 2012. (Athar Hussain/Courtesy Reuters) A man carries balloons for sale during Eid al-Adha festival in Karachi October 27, 2012. (Athar Hussain/Courtesy Reuters)

In this week’s Views we head to Pakistan, where  Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad writes in Pakistan Today that “Unless Pakistan and US manage to remove the deep seated suspicions they entertain about one another, there is little likelihood of any significant improvement in their relations. The relations may in fact further deteriorate.” He also says of President Asif Zardari and his challenger Imran Khan in the upcoming election that: Read more »

Midday Update: Obama’s Post-Election Challenges

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden election night in Chicago, November 6, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden election night in Chicago, November 6, 2012. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

President Barack Obama was reelected to a second term (WashPost) Tuesday, winning a majority of both the electoral vote and the popular vote, and now faces a tough road ahead on economic and national security issues. Read more »

Midday Update: Economists’ Advice for the Candidates

by Newsteam Staff
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 »

Midday Update: Candidates Spar Over ‘Secretary of Business’

by Newsteam Staff
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 »

Views From Abroad: China and a Roundup of Debate Opinions

by Newsteam Staff
Shaolin martial arts students perform in the opening ceremony of the 9th Zhengzhou International Shaolin Wushu Festival in Zhengzhou October 21, 2012. (China Daily/Courtesy Reuters) Shaolin martial arts students perform in the opening ceremony of the 9th Zhengzhou International Shaolin Wushu Festival in Zhengzhou October 21, 2012. (China Daily/Courtesy Reuters)

In this week’s Views, we head to China, where Wu Qianli writes for Caixin Media about what he sees as a lack of attention given to Asian-Americans by both President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney: Read more »

What They’re Saying: Education and National Security

by Newsteam Staff
High school students attach an aileron to a 41-foot surface-to-air Nike Hercules missile as students restore it at the George T. Baker Aviation school in Miami October 10, 2012. (Joe Skipper/Courtesy Reuters) High school students attach an aileron to a 41-foot surface-to-air Nike Hercules missile as students restore it at the George T. Baker Aviation school in Miami October 10, 2012. (Joe Skipper/Courtesy Reuters)
On Education:

In the Huffington Post, education advocate Brian C. Mitchell criticizes President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney for behaving like candidates rather than leaders on education: Read more »

Midday Update: Foreign Policy’s Domestic Moment

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: A security officer stands outside the debate hall prior to the final U.S. presidential debate October 22, 2012. (Scott Audette/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A security officer stands outside the debate hall prior to the final U.S. presidential debate October 22, 2012. (Scott Audette/Courtesy Reuters)

President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney debated foreign policy last night. CFR President Richard N. Haass writes that it wasn’t really about foreign policy and it wasn’t really a debate: Read more »

Debate Three: Candidates Take on Foreign Policy, Economy

by Newsteam Staff
GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during the final U.S. presidential debate October 22, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during the final U.S. presidential debate October 22, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)

President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney debated foreign policy last night, agreeing with each other on several major issues (NPR) including the use of drones in Pakistan and how to deal with the conflict in Syria, as well as relating many of the topics back to domestic and economic themes. Read more »