Election Must Reads

FT: Hawk vs talk: America's Foreign Policy Choice

Author: Michael Fullilove

Brookings' Michael Fullilove asks how much is at stake in terms of foreign policy in the 2008 presidential race. He considers the impacts of the 2000 and 2004 elections on U.S. foreign policy, and says this year, the choice is between a candidate who sees "jihadist terrorism as a transcendent threat" and one who "looks at the world through the lens of globalisation."

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NYT: Democracy Group Gives Donors Access to McCain

Author: Mike McIntire

The New York Times examines Sen. John McCain's leadership of the International Republican Institute (IRI), an organization founded under the Reagan administration to promote democracy abroad. The article says his leadership of IRI "reveals an organization in many ways at odds with the political outsider image that has become a touchstone of the McCain campaign for president."

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Brookings: Strategic Leadership: Framework for a 21st Century National Security Strategy

Authors: Anne-Marie Slaughter, Bruce W. Jentleson, Ivo H. Daalder, Antony Blinken, Lael Brainard, Michael A. McFaul, James C. O'Brien, Gayle E. Smith, and James B. Steinberg

In this report from the Brookings Institution's Phoenix Initiative, a group of scholars makes a set of national security policy recommendations for the next presidential administration.

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Miami Herald: What To Do About Guantanamo Vexes Both Obama, McCain

Author: Carol Rosenberg

The Miami Herald compares the presidential candidates' statements on how to handle the U.S.-run detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Reporter Carol Rosenberg says Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) "would seek to beef up the Bush administration's detainee doctrine," while Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) would "seek to dismantle some of its key tenets."

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BosGlobe: What Bush Hath Wrought

Author: Andrew J. Bacevich

Boston University international relations professor Andrew Bacevich writes that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) must "demonstrate that Iraq represents the truest manifestation of an approach to national security that is fundamentally flawed." In doing so, Bacevich says, Obama can turn the 2008 presidential election into "a referendum on the current administration's entire national security legacy."

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FT: A New World for America's Next President

Authors: Robert D. Hormats and Jim O'Neill

Robert Hormats and Jim O'Neil of Goldman Sachs International write that the next president will need a new set of policies to address a changing global economy. They say the United States must "boost its own competitiveness and further open foreign markets for its goods and services." They also call for the creation of a "more representative global economic policy architecture to reflect the ongoing shifts in financial wealth, commodity power and trade flows."

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NYT: America's Next Chapter

Author: Gary Hart

Former Sen. Gary Hart (D-CO) says the 2008 presidential election represents a new cycle of American political history. He says Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) should introduce a "new, expanded, post-cold-war definition" of national security. He also says the United States must "transition from a consumer economy to a producing one," and says U.S. moral obligations to the environment "must become paramount."

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WSJ: Ralph Nader: Don't Call Him a 'Spoiler'

Author: Tunku Varadarajan

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, third-party presidential candidate Ralph Nader criticizes Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), saying the Democratic candidate is unwilling to stand up to corporate power. Nader also lays out his own platform, which includes an end to "lip service" on NAFTA and the World Trade Organization, as well as a reduction in the "bloated, wasteful military budget."

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TNR: Entanglements

Author: Jonathan Chait

The New Republic's Jonathan Chait says the presidential candidates have been compelled to take "hard-and-fast" positions this campaign season, particularly on Iraq. But, he says, "any number of things could happen" in Iraq between now and the next president's inauguration in January 2009 that could force the candidates to change plans.

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New Yorker: The Free-Trade Paradox

Author: James Surowiecki

James Surowiecki writes that despite the Democratic presidential candidates' negative rhetoric on free trade, average Americans have generally benefited from free trade with China "in the sense that it's made their dollars go further than they otherwise would have."

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