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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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Congress Update: Bob Corker on Foreign Relations

by Newsteam Staff
Republican Senator Bob Corker makes a statement following a closed session about the new START treaty on Capitol Hill December 20, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters) Republican Senator Bob Corker makes a statement following a closed session about the new START treaty on Capitol Hill December 20, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters)

Although neither the House nor the Senate switched hands in the recent election, the chairpersons, along with many other influential members, of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs will be changing. In Foreign Policy, Josh Rogin writes, “Several key committee leadership posts are changing hands, influential leaders are exiting Washington, and a new crop of national security lawmakers is looking to fill their void. 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 »

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 »

Midday Roundup: Obama Faces Hurdles on the Economy, Bain

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Students are moved to tears during President Barack Obama's address at the 2012 Joplin High School commencement ceremony in Joplin, Missouri, May 21, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Students are moved to tears during President Barack Obama's address at the 2012 Joplin High School commencement ceremony in Joplin, Missouri, May 21, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

A new ABC/Washington Post poll shows that President Barack Obama still faces a number of obstacles on the economy this election year. Of those polled, 30 percent of voters said they are less well off financially now than they were when Obama became president, compared with 16 percent who said they are better off. More than 50 percent said things are mostly the same. Read more »

Views from Abroad: India’s Interest in the U.S. Race

by Toni Johnson
Red Fort during full dress rehearsals for Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi, August 13, 2004. (Kamal Kishore/Courtesy Reuters) Red Fort during full dress rehearsals for Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi, August 13, 2004. (Kamal Kishore/Courtesy Reuters)

On this week’s views, we head to India for an interview with New Delhi-based C. Raja Mohan, an expert in U.S.-India relations, discusses the U.S. presidential campaign from an Indian perspective. He says India’s “chattering classes” are taking a general interest in the campaign and there is a growing awareness that U.S. political developments can affect Indian interests, particularly policies on China, Pakistan, and other issues crucial to Delhi. Here is part of what he had to say: Read more »

Defense Update: Obama’s Drone Policy Hits the Campaign Trail

by Newsteam Staff
A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft in a hangar at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan June 29, 2011(Baz Ratner/Courtesy Reuters) A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft in a hangar at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan June 29, 2011(Baz Ratner/Courtesy Reuters)

A recent speech by the White House’s top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, opened drone strikes up for election-year debate after he publicly admitted for the first time that the Obama administration has been using unmanned aircraft to hunt and kill terrorists. Read more »

Tracking the Issues: Brookings on Afghanistan and Pakistan

by Newsteam Staff
Homeless men sleep along a street on a snowy day in Kabul, Afghanistan February 11, 2012. Homeless men sleep along a street on a snowy day in Kabul, Afghanistan February 11, 2012. (Omar Sobhani/Courtesy Reuters)

As part of their series on 12 campaign issues facing the next president, the Brookings Institution hosted a panel discussion Wednesday examining the foreign policy challenges posed by Afghanistan and Pakistan. Here are some highlights from remarks by Brookings fellows: Read more »

Foreign Policy Echoes in the Campaign

by Toni Johnson
People vote at a polling place in Los Angeles, California, November 2, 2010. (Lucy Nicholson/Courtesy Reuters) People vote at a polling place in Los Angeles, California, November 2, 2010. (Lucy Nicholson/Courtesy Reuters)

Economic challenges have been the dominant theme in the 2012 U.S. presidential contest and are likely to remain so, if recent public opinion surveys (Pew) are any guide. But “events overseas could scramble things in a heartbeat,” CFR’s James Lindsay notes in The Water’s Edge, a must-read CFR blog on the politics shaping U.S. foreign policy. Read more »