It’s generally understood that foreign policy issues don’t have much of an impact on a general election as domestic policy issues. Therefore, tonight’s third and final debate between President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be more about convincing voters as to who has the best overall leadership qualities rather than delving into strategy specifics.
Still, there are some critical foreign policy issues facing the next president in which clear strategy will be of the utmost important, such as how to securely withdraw from Afghanistan while maintaining support of the country’s population, how to support countries in post-Arab Spring, as well as how to deal with Iran or maintain relations with Pakistan.
For the Iran question, we turn to Christopher Hitchens, who dissected the country’s ongoing threat to world security at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York back in 2010, and challenged the Obama administration’s handling of the situation.
In this next video, Robert Kagan of the Carnegie Endowment talks about supporting foreign intervention and invasion when it defends national ideals– a policy that seemed to be present during the Libyan Civil War but it absent from the ongoing civil war in Syria.