The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has launched Campaign 2016: The Candidates and the World, an interactive hub offering nonpartisan analysis of the candidates’ foreign policy positions.
A heated immigration debate, recent attacks by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, and a new international trade deal have made national security a focal point of the 2016 presidential election. CFR’s new interactive site covers these and other issues, including energy and climate; defense; and relations with North Korea, China, Cuba, Iran, and Russia. Users can easily compare U.S. presidential candidates and their platforms.
“CFR is committed to producing independent and authoritative resources relevant to the 2016 presidential election for the interested public,” says CFR President Richard N. Haass. “This new website provides information about the most pressing foreign policy issues facing the United States and the candidates’ articulated positions. We aim to help Americans make informed choices when they head to the polls.”
CFR’s web offering will be regularly updated as candidates expand on and develop new foreign policy positions. Campaign 2016’s features include
- an interactive site, optimized for mobile use, allowing users to navigate by candidate or issue;
- candidate profiles featuring a career timeline and summaries of their positions on hot-button issues;
- issue guides offering a succinct explanation of each topic, related CFR resources, and a list of the candidates’ views; and
- a forthcoming comparison tool that allows users to take a side-by-side look at candidates’ positions on each issue.
The hub will also feature a series of animated explainer videos highlighting the top foreign policy priorities that the next president of the United States will face. The first video in the series examines U.S. immigration policy. Future videos will focus on the Iran nuclear deal, the Islamic State, global trade, relations with Cuba, and more. Find the videos on Campaign 2016 or subscribe to CFR’s YouTube channel to be notified about new episodes.