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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 »

Views From Abroad: Romney, Poland, and the Russia Question

by Toni Johnson
A Polish soldier stands by the monument dedicated to the victims of Katyn, Russian forest where thousands of Polish officers were executed in 1940, in Warsaw, September 17, 2007. (Peter Andrews/Courtesy Reuters) A Polish soldier stands by the monument dedicated to the victims of Katyn, Russian forest where thousands of Polish officers were executed in 1940, in Warsaw, September 17, 2007. (Peter Andrews/Courtesy Reuters)

In this week’s Views, we have a guest post from Bartosz Wiśniewski, a research fellow at the Polish Institute of International Affairs, an institution participating in CFR’s initiative to connect foreign policy institutes from around the world. Read more »

Foreign Policy Update: Analysts Discuss Romney’s Trip Abroad

by Newsteam Staff
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romneyoutside the Old Town Hall in Gdansk, Poland, July 30, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romneyoutside the Old Town Hall in Gdansk, Poland, July 30, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

With presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s six-day, three country trip abroad at a close, analysts and politicos are weighing in on the candidate’s overseas performance.

Some Republicans consider the trip a win for the candidate. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Wraps up Trip With Warsaw Speech

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann (R) visit the Warsaw Uprising Memorial in Warsaw, July 31, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann (R) visit the Warsaw Uprising Memorial in Warsaw, July 31, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrapped up his trip abroad Tuesday with a speech in Warsaw heralding the Polish economy as a model for the world.

“The world should pay close attention to the transformation of Poland’s economy,” Romney said. “A march toward economic liberty and smaller government has meant a march toward higher living standards, a strong military that defends liberty at home and abroad, and an important and growing role on the international stage.” Read more »

Foreign Policy Update: What’s the Goal of Romney’s Trip?

by Newsteam Staff
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives at 10 Downing Street to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London, July 26, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives at 10 Downing Street in London, July 26, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

During his trip abroad, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has pledged not to criticize President Barack Obama’s foreign policy as some analysts are debating the actual point of his trip. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Meets with Leaders in London

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London, July 26, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London, July 26, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney kicked off his overseas trip with a series of meetings with British leaders (AP), including Prime Minister David Cameron. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Heads Abroad

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives to address the 113th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Reno, Nevada, July 24, 2012 (James Glover/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives to address the 113th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Reno, Nevada, July 24, 2012 (James Glover/Courtesy Reuters).

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney today begins a six-day overseas tour today to meet leaders in England, Israel, and Poland, visit the Olympic Games, and bolster his foreign policy credentials–as well as court U.S. voters living abroad (USAToday). Read more »

Economy Update: Eurozone Crisis Still a Campaign Factor

by Newsteam Staff
The euro currency sign through the window on a rainy evening in Frankfurt July 13, 2012 (Alex Domanski/Courtesy Reuters). The euro currency sign through the window on a rainy evening in Frankfurt July 13, 2012 (Alex Domanski/Courtesy Reuters).

The ongoing eurozone crisis is a major factor in the slow pace of U.S. economic recovery, say some analysts, and continued economic problems in Europe could spell problems for President Barack Obama in his bid for reelection.

The global economy is in the worst shape it has been since 2009, according to an Associated Press report. Read more »

Foreign Policy: Romney’s Trip Could Shift Debate on the Trail

by Newsteam Staff
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets Father Christian Tutor in Bow, New Hampshire July 20, 2012 (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters). Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets Father Christian Tutor in Bow, New Hampshire July 20, 2012 (Jessica Rinaldi/Courtesy Reuters).

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s upcoming trip to Europe and the Middle East could help establish his foreign policy credentials and shift focus away from talk of his personal wealth and business history, say analysts. Read more »

Economy Update: Glimmers of Hope Could Sway Voters

by Newsteam Staff
A newly built home is sold in Carlsbad, California February 21, 2012 (Mike Blake/Courtesy Reuters). A newly built home is sold in Carlsbad, California February 21, 2012 (Mike Blake/Courtesy Reuters).

While polls show bad economic news during the presidential campaign’s summer season may be hurting President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, some analysts say there are areas of economic good news for the president. Read more »