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Video Brief Roundup: Arab Revolutions and the UN

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.

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.”

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What They’re Saying: The Fiscal Cliff and Obama’s Second Term

by Newsteam Staff
U.S. President Obama hosts a bipartisan meeting with Congressional leaders to discuss the economy November 16, 2012. (Larry Downing /Courtesy Reuters) U.S. President Obama hosts a bipartisan meeting with Congressional leaders to discuss the economy November 16, 2012. (Larry Downing /Courtesy Reuters)
The Fiscal Cliff

In Forbes, John Tamny writes that the United States won’t actually reach the point of going over the so-called fiscal cliff because politicians have incentives to reach a deal: 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 Says Budget Grand Bargain Possible

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Audience members listen as GOP nominee Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally October 24, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Audience members listen as GOP nominee Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally October 24, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters)

In an interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board made public yesterday, President Obama said that if elected, a budget deal similar to last year’s “grand bargain” will be passed to avoid the fiscal cliff (NBC). Read more »

Debate Two: China & Benghazi Provoke Heated Exchanges

by Newsteam Staff
GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during the second U.S. presidential debate October 16, 2012. (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters) GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama during the second U.S. presidential debate October 16, 2012. (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters)

Tuesday’s debate between President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney focused heavily on domestic topics, but the subjects of Chinese trade policies and the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi provoked two of the most heated exchanges of the second debate (NYT). Read more »

Midday Update: Obama, Romney to Debate Tonight

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Stand in presidential candidates are seen on a video monitor prior to Tuesday's presidential debate October 15, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Stand in presidential candidates are seen on a video monitor prior to Tuesday's presidential debate October 15, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters)

President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will face off in a town hall-style debate tonight, a less predictable format (CNN) that either candidate could use to his advantage. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Criticizes Currency Report Delay

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: A supporter of GOP nominee Mitt Romney holds a flag during a campaign rally October 12, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: A supporter of GOP nominee Mitt Romney holds a flag during a campaign rally October 12, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney criticized President Obama’s decision to postpone the release of a government currency report (WSJ) until after the election, saying the president declined an opportunity to label China a currency manipulator. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Continues Benghazi Criticism

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: People listen to GOP nominee Mitt Romney speak during a campaign rally at a farm in Iowa October 9, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: People listen to GOP nominee Mitt Romney speak in Iowa October 9, 2012. (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters)

GOP nominee Mitt Romney and other Republicans continued to criticize President Obama’s handling of the Benghazi consulate attack ahead of today’s first congressional hearing (Politico) on the matter. Romney has accused Obama of mischaracterizing the attack and taking too long to acknowledge that it was an act of terror (WashPost). Read more »

What They’re Saying: Take on the Immigration Impasse

by Newsteam Staff
Undocumented UCLA students attend workshop for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program August 15, 2012. (Jonathan Alcorn/Courtesy Reuters) Undocumented UCLA students attend workshop for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program August 15, 2012. (Jonathan Alcorn/Courtesy Reuters)
On Immigration

In a piece for the Huffington Post, Mallika Dutt accuses both President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney of inaction on the immigration issue. Read more »