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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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Midday Update: China Remains Focus of Debate on Economy

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Beaverly Barry picks up a poster of the U.S. vice presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky October 10, 2012. (John Gress/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Beaverly Barry picks up a poster of the U.S. vice presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky October 10, 2012. (John Gress/Courtesy Reuters)

The United States upheld tariffs on Chinese solar panels (AP) Wednesday as GOP nominee Mitt Romney warned that China’s economy is “gaining fast” (AFP) but that the United States can remain the world’s top economy if fair trade practices are upheld. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Obama’s Job Approval Rating Picks Up

by Newsteam Staff
Republican presidential Mitt Romney Senator Kelly Ayott talk with a fisherman in Portsmouth, New Hampshire April 30, 2012 (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Republican presidential Mitt Romney Senator Kelly Ayott talk with a fisherman in Portsmouth, New Hampshire April 30, 2012 (Brian Snyder/Courtesy Reuters).

President Obama’s April job approval rating averaged 47 percent, his highest monthly average since last May, according to Gallup, when he averaged 50 percent after U.S. forces* killed Osama bin Laden in a raid in Pakistan. In April, Obama averaged 84 percent approval among Democrats, 43 percent with independent and 12 percent from Republicans. Read more »

Overnight Roundup: Campaigns Step Up Battle on Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Vice President Joe Biden delivers a foreign policy speech in New York, April 26, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Vice President Joe Biden delivers a foreign policy speech in New York, April 26, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).

Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign adviser Richard Williamson warned (FP) that developments in North Korea, continued unrest in Syria and Iran’s nuclear ambitions, could signal an unraveling of President Obama’s foreign policy, likening it to the troubled last months of the Carter administration. Read more »

China Update: Walking a Thin Line on North Korea

by Newsteam Staff
A soldier stands guard in front of the Unha-3 at the North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site April 8, 2012 (Bobby Yip/Courtesy Reuters). A soldier stands guard in front of the Unha-3 at the North Korea's West Sea Satellite Launch Site April 8, 2012 (Bobby Yip/Courtesy Reuters).

In a U.S. presidential campaign that has already focused on trade and economic conflict with China, Washington and Beijing could also soon be in conflict on China’s ties to North Korea and provide more fodder on the campaign trail. Read more »

Tracking the Issues: North Korea No Easy Election Issue

by Newsteam Staff
A visitor poses with a soldier on guard in front of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket April 8, 2012 (Bobby Yip /Courtesy Reuters.) A visitor poses with a soldier on guard in front of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket April 8, 2012 (Bobby Yip /Courtesy Reuters.)

Foreign Policy’s Daniel W. Drezner said Thursday that North Korean’s attempted satellite launch is the perfect opportunity for GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney to test his foreign policy mettle, especially on “an issue where Obama’s record has been radically imperfect and a solid critique should resonate.” Read more »

Overnight Roundup: U.S. Voters on China’s Economic Impact

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Jobseekers at a career fair New York April 12, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Jobseekers at a career fair New York April 12, 2012 (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters).

Concerned about the U.S. economy, voters are split on whether or not a growing China is good for the United States, Gallup says. Of those surveyed, 45 percent of voters said they think a strong Chinese economy is good for the United States, 48 percent said they see it as bad, and 7 percent said it had no impact or they didn’t know. Read more »

Weekend Roundup: Obama’s Nuclear Security Talks

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Young supporters wait for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum at the Ledgeview Bowling Lanes in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin March 25, 2012 (Darren Hauck/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Young supporters wait for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin March 25, 2012 (Darren Hauck/Courtesy Reuters).

With major political changes for Beijing and Washington on the horizon, President Obama called on China (Reuters) before the second Nuclear Security Summit to use its influence in Pyongyang to stop it from ratcheting up global nuclear tensions. Read more »

Weekly Video Brief: North Korea

by Toni Johnson

This week’s video features CFR’s Scott A. Snyder discussing what the winner of the 2012 presidential election can expect on North Korea. He says  the country will require renewed attention due to its nuclear capabilities, uncertainty over its new leadership, and its central location in world’s most vibrant economic region. Watch below:

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