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."
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.
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."
CQ Politics reports on the pressure on the Democratic members of Congress to effectively implement the sweeping change they promised the electorate, including solving the economic crisis and ending the war in Iraq.
Demographer Joseph Chamie examines one of the foremost foreign policy challenges facing the next U.S. president-- the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Chamie offers four possible scenarios for demographic trends in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Pakistani journalist Imtiaz Ali says the Taliban has gained from the lack of schools and jobs in Pakistan's tribal region. He urges the United States to "be more discerning in where its money goes and how it's spent" in the region.
Der Spiegel interviews neo-conservative scholar Robert Kagan, a foreign policy adviser to the McCain campaign. Kagan discusses the Bush legacy and the foreign policy challenges facing the next administration.
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.