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Video Brief Roundup: India, Africa, and Latin America

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 India

The incoming administration must be prepared for “a significant potential for near-term crisis” between India and its historical rival Pakistan, says CFR’s Daniel Markey. The president will also have to engage with India on top foreign policy priorities including Iran’s nuclear program and the U.S. departure from Afghanistan, Markey says.

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Video Brief Roundup: Climate Change and Energy

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.

Michael Levi on Climate Change

The Obama administration will face at least three sets of climate challenges including reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, facing international pressure, and developing climate-friendly technology, says CFR’s Michael Levi. The United States must also be prepared for a potential “clean energy race” to invent new clean technologies and capture the markets for these technologies, Levi says.

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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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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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Video Brief Roundup: Foreign Aid, Global Economy, and Trade

by Newsteam Staff

These videos are from a series with CFR fellows and other experts 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.

Isobel Coleman on Foreign Aid

Isobel Coleman, director of CFR’s Civil Societies, Markets, and Democracy Initiative says the incoming administration will have to retain the relevancy of U.S. foreign aid programs in an environment where the role of official foreign assistance from governments has dramatically reduced. The next administration will likely continue to shift aid resources away from Iraq and Afghanistan, and away from middle-income countries towards poorer countries, Coleman says.

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Weekly Video: China

by Toni Johnson

China’s trade practices and its growing prominence as a major economy have been a major focus for voters and presidential candidates. In the week’s video, CFR’s Elizabeth C. Economy, who sat down for us back in January, discusses China’s rising global influence, increasing assertiveness, and upcoming leadership transition, which she says may pose significant challenges for the next U.S. president. Watch below:

 

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Weekly Video: Immigration

by Toni Johnson

Given the furor over the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Arizona immigration law and a recent change in rules to allow Homeland Security to issue temporary work permits to some young undocumented immigrants, immigration remains a divisive issue. In this week’s video, we have CFR’s Edward Alden, who back in January said a major overhaul of U.S. immigration laws is not realistic in the current political climate, yet the winner of the 2012 presidential election still must confront the issue of millions of illegal immigrants.  Watch below:

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Weekly Video Brief: Arab Revolutions

by Toni Johnson

This week we have a video from CFR’s Steven A. Cook examining what the winner of the 2012 presidential election will face in the Middle East following 2011′s Arab revolutions, which has sparked political change in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt as well as turmoil in Syria and Bahrain. The next U.S. president, he says, 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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