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October 19, 2012


Foreign Policy Questions for the U.S. Presidential Candidates

Stephen D. Biddle, Elizabeth C. Economy, Isobel Coleman, Robert Kahn

As the presidential candidates prepare for their final debate which will focus on foreign policy, four CFR fellows weigh in on questions they believe should be asked. Read the Expert Roundup »


What Separates the Presidential Candidates on Foreign Policy?

Stewart M. Patrick

Presidential candidates often exaggerate modest differences with their opponents, and adopt the criticized behavior once elected. But, realities of governance constrain a president's freedom to act on promises. Here are the candidates' four main similarities and eight most important differences. Read More on the Internationalist »

Debate Two

The second presidential debate, which took place last Tuesday, focused on domestic topics, but the subjects of Chinese trade policies and the U.S. consulate attack in Libya provoked two of the most heated exchanges. Read More on Campaign 2012 »

How Do the Candidates Approach the Arab World?

The presidential candidates generally agree on support for democracy and human rights in Arab states, but have differed on military intervention in Libya and Syria. Read the Backgrounder »


Pakistan's Need to Define the Enemy

Pir Zubair Shah

By attacking Malala Yousafzai, a fourteen year old student who advocates girls' education, the Taliban targeted a symbol of inspiration for millions of Pakistani women. Her story depicts the broader struggle in Pakistan between progressives and extremists. Read more »

Turkey's Mounting Syria Problem

An intensifying anti-Assad stance has disrupted Turkey's pragmatic regional policy and aroused concerns at home about the possibility of war. Read the Interview »


The Case for Diplomacy with Iran

Richard N. Haass

There is still time to negotiate a ceiling on Iran's nuclear program that is not too low for Tehran and not too high for the United States and others. Any such offer should be made public. Read more »

Anticompetitive Market Distortions Hurt Trade and Consumers

Shanker A. Singham

Advanced developing countries regularly impose measures that harm competition and cheat consumers. The United States should mount an effort to encourage competitive markets. Read the Report »

U.S.-South Korea Relations Improving With Caveats

Scott A. Snyder

The "overwhelmingly positive support among South Koreans for the relationship with the United States and American positive views toward South Korea" ought to be measured against concerns over South Korea's tensions with Japan and growing public support for re-engagement with North Korea. Read More on Asia Unbound »

Aiming to Close the Gender Gap in Economic Potential

Isobel Coleman

Despite growth in women's labor participation since 1970, there are still gender gaps in productivity and earnings largely due to disparities in working hours, skills, and access to land and credit. Read More on Democracy in Development »

Is the Palestine Liberation Organization Actually Independent?

Elliott Abrams

Contradictions in statements from the late King Hussein and Prince Hassan of Jordan raise questions regarding the PLO's relations with Jordan. Read More on Pressure Points »


Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis

Throughout the week, James M. Lindsay traces each stage of the confrontation that took the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of war. Read More on The Water's Edge »

The Cuban Crisis, Revisited

James A. Nathan and Graham Allison

Scholar James Nathan argues that Graham Allison, a former assistant secretary of defense during the stand-off between the United States and Soviet Union over Cuba, unduly credits President John F. Kennedy's use of threats. Read More on »


October 22: Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy, Boca Raton, Florida
CFR Resources on: Campaign 2012 »

October 22 - 24: World Energy Forum, Dubai
CFR Resources on: Engergy/ Environment »

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Edward Alden, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Andrew Stern, and Jennifer Hillman discussed the state of U.S. infrastructure, education, and innovation, in a special event sponsored by CFR's Renewing America initiative and the BBC's "The World Tonight" radio program. Watch the Roundtable

The Future of Nuclear Energy

CFR's "Nuclear Energy Guide" explores the past, present, and future of nuclear power, focusing on its unique benefits and risks. View the Guide


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