October 31, 2012
As the United States winds down its decade-long war in Afghanistan, the two presidential candidates disagree on the pace of the U.S. withdrawal.
President Obama has expanded sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear ambitions while making attempts to engage with it, but Mitt Romney has criticized the engagement policy as weak.
President Obama is generally supportive of the UN mission while raising questions about its effectiveness, but GOP candidate Mitt Romney is harshly critical of the organization.
Iran’s nuclear ambitions have tended to dominate discussions in the U.S. presidential campaigns over nuclear nonproliferation.
This CFR Issue Tracker looks at the United States’ relationship with Russia and presidential candidates’ stances on the issue.
This CFR Issue Tracker looks at the United States’ relationship with Pakistan and presidential candidates’ stances on the issue.
Both presidential candidates have called for expanding U.S. energy production to create jobs, even as they disagree over the role of government subsidies and environmental regulation.
Both presidential candidates vow strong support for Israeli security, with Mitt Romney criticizing the Obama administration for distancing the United States from Israel.
Both Republican candidate Mitt Romney and President Obama have had to make tough and at times controversial decisions with regard to homeland security and counterterrorism.
With the strategic focus of the U.S. military in flux and the Pentagon’s budget under significant scrutiny, this CFR Issue Tracker looks at the 2012 presidential candidates’ positions on defense.