2010 Midterms and Foreign Policy

This series of Backgrounders examines foreign policy issues in light of the 2010 midterm elections.

Last updated November 3, 2010

Backgrounder
Current political and economic issues succinctly explained.

Republicans regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm elections, with analysts predicting changes in the way Washington pursues some major foreign policy issues. This series of Backgrounders looks at a cluster of these issues. New  START and Arms Control examines the debate over the U.S.-Russian agreement on reducing strategic nuclear stockpiles, which faces ratification, and the Obama administration’s arms control and nonproliferation objectives. Spending Wars looks at two of the major issues on voters’ minds--joblessness and growing U.S. debt--and the difficulties both parties are having finding policies that create jobs and rein in deficits. These issues are tackled from another angle in the Trade Backgrounder. Other Backgrounders examine how Republicans and Democrats stand on climate legislation and other energy issues,  immigration, and  the war in Afghanistan.

More From Our Experts

Foreign Policy and the 2010 Midterms: New START and Arms Control

More on:

Elections and Voting

United States

Congresses and Parliaments

Foreign Policy and the 2010 Midterms: Spending Wars

Foreign Policy and the 2010 Midterm Elections: Trade

Foreign Policy and the 2010 Midterms: Energy and Climate Policy

More From Our Experts

Foreign Policy and the 2010 Midterms: Immigration

Foreign Policy and the 2010 Midterms: War in Afghanistan

This publication is now archived.

More on:

Elections and Voting

United States

Congresses and Parliaments

Up
Close

Top Stories on CFR

Women and Economic Growth

Closing the gender gap in the workforce could add a staggering $28 trillion to the global GDP.

Cybersecurity

Deep fakes are a profoundly serious problem for democratic governments and the world order. A combination of technology, education, and public policy can reduce their effectiveness.

Saudi Arabia

Unless the Saudi government speaks and acts quickly and honestly about the disappearance and reported killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, its own reputation will incur irreparable damage.