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Video Brief Roundup: Climate Change and Energy

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.

Michael Levi on Climate Change

The Obama administration will face at least three sets of climate challenges including reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, facing international pressure, and developing climate-friendly technology, says CFR’s Michael Levi. The United States must also be prepared for a potential “clean energy race” to invent new clean technologies and capture the markets for these technologies, Levi says.

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What They’re Saying: Obama’s Foreign Policy To-Do List

by Newsteam Staff
U.S. President Obama places a Veterans Day wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery November 11, 2012. (Jonathan Ernst /Courtesy Reuters) U.S. President Obama places a Veterans Day wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery November 11, 2012. (Jonathan Ernst /Courtesy Reuters)
Foreign Policy

In the Washington Post, David Ignatius details the decisions President Obama will have to make on China, Iran, Afghanistan, and the Middle East in his second term. He writes: Read more »

Convention Update: Touting Obama’s Foreign Policy Record

by Newsteam Staff
President Barack Obama accepts the 2012 U.S Democratic presidential nomination during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 6, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). President Barack Obama accepts the 2012 U.S Democratic presidential nomination during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 6, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Most of the 2012 campaign has focused on domestic policy, particularly the economy. But President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the close of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., made room for foreign policy concerns as well, tying them with his plans for the U.S. economy: Read more »

Convention Update: Dems’ Spotlight on National Security

by Newsteam Staff
First lady Michelle Obama addressed the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). First lady Michelle Obama addressed the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

Democrats kicked off their convention in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday, highlighting Obama administration accomplishments on defense and foreign policy as well as domestic issues such as healthcare, education, and economic policy.

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine outlined the policy promises he says President Barack Obama has kept in his first term (Fox), especially national security. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Camp Questions Obama’s EU Advice

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: A man photographs a President Barack Obama marriage equality sign at the LA Pride parade in West Hollywood, California, June 10, 2012 (Jonathan Alcorn/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: A man photographs a President Barack Obama marriage equality sign at the LA Pride parade in West Hollywood, California, June 10, 2012 (Jonathan Alcorn/Courtesy Reuters).

R. Glenn Hubbard, senior economic adviser to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, criticized the Obama administration’s policy toward Europe’s economic woes in an op-ed in a leading German business newspaper over the weekend (NYT). Read more »

Foreign Policy Update: The Race and the U.S. Role in the World

by Newsteam Staff
Workers repair lights on a globe outside a mall in Manila April 22, 2012 (Cheryl Ravelo/Courtesy Reuters). Workers repair lights on a globe outside a mall in Manila April 22, 2012 (Cheryl Ravelo/Courtesy Reuters).

As part of their series on twelve campaign issues facing the next president, the Brookings Institution recently hosted a panel discussion examining the U.S role in the world. Read more »

Weekly Video Brief: Climate Change

by Toni Johnson

In this week’s video, CFR’s Michael Levi says the winner of the U.S. presidential election will face at least three sets of climate challenges including reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, facing international pressure, and developing climate-friendly technology.  In particular he notes the challenges the United States will face abroad. “Regardless though of what the United States does at home, it is likely to be inadequate internationally,” Levi argues.  Watch below:

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