Election Must Reads

Salon: Does Obama Understand his Biggest Foreign-Policy Challenge?

Author: Juan Cole

Middle Eastern and South Asia expert Juan Cole lays out the challenges facing President-elect Barack Obama in dealing with Pakistan, stressing it would be wrong to assume "the Pakistani government is a single, undifferentiated thing, and that all parts of the government would be willing to 'stamp out' terrorists."

See more in Pakistan; Counterterrorism

Foreign Service Journal: A New Partnership With the Americas

Author: Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson, President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for commerce secretary, lays out a new policy agenda for the U.S. relationship with Latin America in this essay. Richardson says the Bush administration "all but ignored" Latin America. He calls on the incoming administration to engage all Latin American countries diplomatically, among other policy recommendations.

See more in Latin America and the Caribbean; Elections

YaleGlobal: The World Looks to Obama -- Part I

Author: Bruce Stokes

Journalist Bruce Stokes looks at foreign policy challenges facing President-elect Barack Obama, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and an American public that has "turned sharply against international engagement on a range of issues that American voters once supported and on which foreign publics expect action."

See more in United States; Presidents and Chiefs of State

Pew: Election Preview 2008

The Pew Center on the States offers a comprehensive look at the rules, technology, registration figures and issues to watch in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Politico: Can Green Jobs Save Us?

Author: Jeanne Cummings

Both Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) have pledged to by create millions of "green jobs" for Americans. Politico asks whether either of the candidates' plans can really jumpstart the U.S. economy and ease the energy crisis.

See more in United States; Labor; Clean Technology