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Confronting Russia

by Robert McMahon, Editor CFR.org

It may not be a new Cold War but a definite chill has set in between the West and Russia following Russia’s military occupation of Georgia and recognition of its two breakaway provinces. The Russia-Georgia conflict has made its way into the U.S. presidential race as well. Seeking to chart a way forward, the Economist has kicked off an important two-week debate in response to the proposition: “The West must be bolder in its response to a newly assertive Russia.”

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Morning Update: McCain Vows Change

by campaign2008

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), in his speech accepting his party’s nomination to run for president, seized on a theme of “change” and vowed to overhaul aspects of the Republican Party’s platform under the Bush administration. McCain highlighted times at which he has broken from his party’s policy line, arguing that such independence makes him more fit to lead the United States than his opponent, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL).

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Troubled Mix: Georgia, Russia, Democracy, and NATO

by Robert McMahon, Editor CFR.org

kissinger.jpgMINNEAPOLIS — U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney is in Georgia reaffirming U.S ties to its ally in the face of ongoing Russian threats. Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the GOP presidential convention in Minnesota, some analysts have registered concern over how the United States manages relationships with both countries.

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The ‘Soft Power’ of Trade

by Robert McMahon, Editor CFR.org

MINNEAPOLIS — Energy is shaping up as one of the main foreign policy wedge issues between the Republican and Democratic candidates. Trade could be another. Three top aides to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the presumptive Republican nominee, emphasized the importance of a robust free trade policy in a panel discussion today at the Hubert Humphrey Institute here on foreign policy priorities for the next president.

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Rep. Ray Lahood on Intelligence, Security, and Energy

by Robert McMahon, Editor CFR.org

MINNEAPOLIS — Rep. Ray Lahood (R-IL) is one of the country’s most prominent Arab-American lawmakers and is ranking Republican on the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel. Now preparing to step down after 14 years in Congress, Lahood spoke with CFR.org on the sidelines of the GOP convention about some foreign policy developments and priorities. Here are excerpts:

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Navigating the Troubled Greater Middle East

by Robert McMahon, Editor CFR.org

MINNEAPOLIS — It is no stretch to say the region ranging from North Africa to Pakistan, known as the “Greater Middle East,” poses the biggest policy challenges for the next U.S. presidential administration. But solutions to the region’s myriad conflicts defy any quick accounting. A panel of top experts at a meeting convened this morning by CFR on the sidelines of the GOP presidential convention outlined the following most pressing issues:

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A Sobering Foreign Policy Landscape

by Robert McMahon, Editor CFR.org

Picking up where it left off last week in Denver, CFR today convened a panel on foreign policy on the sidelines of the GOP convention in Minneapolis that reinforced the difficulties facing a new administration. Here’s a brief look at the discussion on some of the vexing issues:

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Morning Update: Focus on Gustav

by campaign2008

The Republican Party kicked off a pared-down version (AP) of its national convention on Monday in Minnesota. President Bush, who had been scheduled to speak to the convention, instead traveled to Texas to be briefed on Hurricane Gustav’s management.
In Ohio, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) packed supplies for hurricane victims (NYT). Both the Obama and McCain campaigns urged supporters to donate to relief efforts.

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