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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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Midday Update: Obama’s UN Address Aims for U.S. Voters

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 25, 2012. (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 25, 2012. (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters)

President Obama addressed the UN General Assembly today, and although White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said it won’t be “a campaign speech,” (The Hill), it seemed to be aimed at a domestic audience as well as an international one. Read more »

Midday Update: Candidates on 60 Minutes Talk Foreign Policy

by Newsteam Staff
Photo of the Day: Audience members listen as GOP nominee Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Denver September 23, 2012. (BrianSnyder/Courtesy Reuters) Photo of the Day: Audience members listen as GOP nominee Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Denver September 23, 2012. (BrianSnyder/Courtesy Reuters)

The candidates criticized each other on foreign policy (LAT) in separate interviews on 60 Minutes last night, with GOP nominee Mitt Romney accusing President Obama of being weak on defense and Obama saying “that if Romney ‘is suggesting that we should start another war — he should say so.’” 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 »

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 »

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 »

Environment Update: Rio+20 and Election-Year Inattention

by Newsteam Staff
A worker next to the logo of the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro June 18, 2012 (Nacho Doce/Courtesy Reuters). A worker next to the logo of the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro June 18, 2012 (Nacho Doce/Courtesy Reuters).

Back from the G20 summit in Mexico, President Barack Obama headed back to the United States instead of to Rio de Janeiro for the UN’s Rio+20 summit on sustainable development, leaving analysts to discuss how much meaning environmental issues have this election year. Read more »

Weekly Video Brief: The UN

by Toni Johnson

This week in our video series looking at what the winner of the 2012 presidential election faces on major foreign policy issues, we have CFR’s Stewart Patrick. He identifies several major challenges that the president will face in dealing with the UN, including ensuring Security Council attention to Iran’s nuclear program, bolstering UN peacekeeping, transforming the Human Rights Council, furthering global development, and reforming the UN’s management and budget. Watch below:

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Tracking the Issues: A Waiver for UNESCO Funding Ban?

by Newsteam Staff
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian ambassador to UNESCO Elias Sanbar attend a news conference at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris December 13, 2011. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian ambassador to UNESCO Elias Sanbar attend a news conference at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris December 13, 2011. (Benoit Tessier/Courtesy Reuters)

President Obama’s budget proposal would waive a ban on funding UNESCO (TimesofIsrael), which was imposed in October 2011 after the organization officially recognized Palestinian membership (CNN). The request was included in a footnote stating, “The Department of State intends to work with Congress to seek legislation that would provide authority to waive restrictions on paying the U.S. assessed contributions to UNESCO. Should the Congress pass this legislation, this funding is sufficient to cover the FY 2013 UNESCO assessment and the balance of the FY 2012 assessment.” Read more »