Both Democrats and Republicans are running especially competitive 2008 presidential nominating races. To win the Democratic Party nomination, a candidate will need to garner at least 2,025 Democratic delegates, representing more than half of all delegates attending the nominating convention in August. On the Republican side, at least 1,191 delegates attending the GOP convention in September will be needed to win the presidential nomination. Polling data consistently show the economy is foremost in the minds of voters. However, the war in Iraq, terrorism, immigration, globalization, and a host of issues arguably contained within “the economy” also rank high. CFR.org has compiled the following guide of foreign policy issues important to the party selection of each presidential candidate:
- Meeting: The Impact of Foreign Policy in the 2008 Election
- Backgrounder: The Role of Delegates in the U.S. Presidential Nominating Process
- Interview: Walter Russell Mead: Bush's Foreign Policy Record around the World
- Interview: John McCain: Americans Divided, Dissatisfied over U.S. Foreign Policy
- Foreign Affairs: articles by candidates
- Must Read: NYT Magazine: Waving Goodbye to Hegemony
- Must Read: FT: Trouble Ahead
- Op-ed: Richard Haass:"Little Discussion of Foreign Policy"
- Op-ed: Michael Gerson: "How My Party Lost Its Way"
- Op-ed: Sebastian Mallaby: "Foreign Policy Grown-up"
Iraq/War on Terrorism
- Backgrounder: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the U.S. Economy
- Backgrounder: What Model Should Iraq Follow After U.S. Forces Withdraw?
- Foreign Affairs: Richard K. Betts: A Disciplined Defense
- Issue Tracker: The Candidates on Iraq
- Issue Tracker: The Candidates on Defense Policy
- Op-ed: Max Boot: "We are Winning. We Haven’t Won."
- Op-ed: Noah Feldman: "Vanishing Act"
- Must Read: Politico: National Security Not a Second-Tier Issue
Trade and Globalization
- Meeting: Globalization and the Campaign
- Issue Tracker: The Candidates on Trade
- Online Debate: Policy for the Next President: Fair Trade or Free Trade
- Interview: Peter Beinart: Iowa Vote Shows ‘Anxieties’ Over Globalization in Both Parties
- Daily Analysis: Candidates Confront That Sinking Economic Feeling
- Must Read: NYT: Stop the World (and Avoid Reality)
- Council Special Report: The Economic Logic of Illegal Immigration
- Podcast: David R. Ayůn: Hispanic Voters Favor Moderation Approach to Immigration Reforms
- Issue Tracker: The Candidates on Immigration
- Daily Analysis: The Elusive Immigration Vote
- Daily Analysis: Swinging the Latin Vote
- Must Read: The New Yorker: Return of the Nativist
- Op-ed: Max Boot: "Immigrants are a boon, not a curse"
- Podcast: Michael A. Levi: The Next President’s Role on Climate Change
- Issue Tracker: The Candidates on Energy Policy
- Issue Tracker: The Candidates on Climate Change
- Meeting: Energy and the Environment
- Daily Analysis: Candidates Face Gas Pump Pinch
- Must Read: U.S. Energy Security and the 2008 Presidential Election