Our issue of the week series continues with a look at where the candidates stand on Foreign Policy! Eight years ago, it was a front-and-center issue in our national elections., but now, it has more of a backseat role. Still, the Presidential contenders did dig into it this week, in a major debate, and New Hampshire’s congressional candidates have offered their opinions as well. We'll look at where the similarities and differences are between the candidates on the issue of foreign policy.
Foreign policy has taken center stage in Election 2012 after protests and violence at multiple U.S Embassies. Political back and forth about how or how not to respond to the incidents have held up headlines, while the riots themselves remind us that there is world outside our borders that may not be voting for the next President of the United States, but nevertheless have an opinion. We wanted to expand our on the international perspective of Election 2012, so we called Foreign Policy Associate Editor
We’ll sit down with a panel of local experts on Syria and the surrounding region. As rebels and government forces to battle it out, defections are occurring almost daily, and civilians are fleeing to other countries, creating a refugee problem. We’ll explore the background of this conflict…and the debate over what the U.S. response should be.
Wtih shifting geopolitical allegiances, and power struggles at home and abroad, some suggest that its time for the U.S. to clarify its role in the world. The goal is a new set of guiding principles that can also strengthen our own economy. We'll explore some of these ideas currently making the rounds in diplomatic circles.
Today we examine the U.N. doctrine known as “Responsibility to Protect”. It’s the idea that the international community must not tolerate crimes against humanity and has recently been invoked in such cases as Libya but not YET with Syria. Meanwhile, critics fear Responsibility to Protect opens the door to foreign influence in domestic conflicts and diminishes sovereign power.
Although not as much as a hot button issue as last election, many voters still want to know the candidates’ views on the war in Afghanistan, on China, the Middle East and on fighting terrorism at home and oversees. Today our Issue Tuesday's series continues with a look at the Republican Presidential candidates and what they are saying on matters of foreign policy.
The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts international visitors, and provides public lectures and programs on foreign affairs to promote understanding and citizen involvement. Kim Tyndall is a longtime member of the Council.