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Convention Update: Romney Accepts GOP Nomination

by Newsteam Staff
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 30, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012 (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

The Republican National Convention wrapped up Thursday night with Mitt Romney formally accepting his party’s nomination for president. Romney and the other speakers focused primarily on domestic issues, such as education, and how they impact U.S. global competitiveness. Read more »

Midday Update: Romney Lays Out Economic Recovery Plan

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Workers carry a Romney Ryan 2012 sign on the floor at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 26, 2012 (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Workers carry a Romney Ryan 2012 sign on the floor at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 26, 2012 (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters).

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney outlined his plans governing for Politico’s Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen, including his plans to run his administration more like a business and address the sluggish economy. Read more »

China Update: Ryan Echoes Romney on Trade Issues

by Newsteam Staff
A worker at a textile mill in Huaibei, Anhui province, China August 1, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters). A worker at a textile mill in Huaibei, Anhui province, China August 1, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) made his first foreign policy pronouncement since becoming GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate, hitting China on intellectual property theft and currency manipulation as questions begin to surface about his record on trade issues. Read more »

Foreign Policy Update: Human Rights and the Next President

by Newsteam Staff
A woman is restrained by police during a protest to defend Article 31 -- the right to free assembly -- of the Russian constitution in Moscow July 31, 2012 (Sergei Karpukhin/Courtesy Reuters). A woman is restrained by police during a protest to defend Article 31 -- the right to free assembly -- of the Russian constitution in Moscow July 31, 2012 (Sergei Karpukhin/Courtesy Reuters).

A group of international human rights advocates recently released a list of the ten most pressing challenges for the winner of the 2012 presidential race, noting that it is in the best interest of the world as well as that of the U.S. interests abroad to protect human rights. 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 »

Syria Update: The Candidates’ Slim Policy Differences

by Newsteam Staff
Free Syrian Army soldiers at the Bab Al-Salam border crossing to Turkey July 22, 2012 (Umit Bektas/Courtesy Reuters). Free Syrian Army soldiers at the Bab Al-Salam border crossing to Turkey July 22, 2012 (Umit Bektas/Courtesy Reuters).

The question of what the U.S. role should be in the ongoing Syrian conflict continues to spark debate on the campaign trail.

In the Christian Science Monitor, CFR Research Associate Andrew C. Miller sees little policy differences between the two candidates on Syria, noting that they both have rejected Libya-style military intervention and the Obama administration has largely pursued diplomatic policies and sanctions– efforts that GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team supports. 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 »

Syria Update: Obama’s Next Move Debated

by Newsteam Staff
Men carry the coffin of a man protesters say was killed by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad near Damascus July 21, 2012 (Shaam News Network/Courtesy Reuters). Men carry the coffin of a man protesters say was killed by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad near Damascus July 21, 2012 (Shaam News Network/Courtesy Reuters).

As violence in Syria mounts, U.S. presidential candidates and analysts continue to debate the role of the United States and the United Nations in the conflict.

Following vetoes from Russia and China (Reuters) on a UN resolution calling for sanction against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad last week, the White House called the vetoes “deplorable and regrettable.” Read more »

Midday Update: Surrogates Discuss Foreign Policy, Trade

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after a political strategy session on Capitol Hill, July 17, 2012. (Courtesy Reuters/Yuri Gripas ) Photo of the Day: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after a political strategy session on Capitol Hill, July 17, 2012. (Courtesy Reuters/Yuri Gripas )

Surrogates for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama agreed Tuesday that foreign aid is vital for U.S. security and economic growth but disagreed on who is the better choice to distribute it and develop new international trade deals (The Hill). Read more »

Midday Update: ‘Obamacare’ Stands, Cost Questions Linger

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Supporters of the Affordable Healthcare Act gather in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on June 28, 2012 (Joshua Roberts/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Supporters of the Affordable Healthcare Act gather in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on June 28, 2012 (Joshua Roberts/Courtesy Reuters).

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled five to four Thursday to uphold (NYT) President Barack Obama’s sweeping 2012 health care law, including the so-called individual mandate at the heart of the health care overhaul, but questions remain about the economic effects of the law as Republicans continue to contend it hurts U.S. businesses. Read more »