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FOREIGN AFFAIRS


While the nation's foreign affairs are chiefly administered by the State Department, American presidents, for all intents and purposes, are the primary authors of our national foreign policy.

Apart from their role as the commander in chief, an American president has the executive and moral authority to shape the direction the country takes in managing its international relationship with foreign states and non-state actors involving a myriad of issues, including, security, trade, environment, immigration, culture and ideology.

The United States' has assumed a central role in the world stage since the middle of the last century. However, observers foresee an increasingly larger American presence in the 21st century. As the sole remaining superpower in the world, the United States must balance its own political and economic interest against the other nations of the world. In the mix are its former cold war rival, Russia, the emerging Asian giants, China and India, the old countries of Europe, Iran, Syria, North Korea, and perhaps most crucially, the Middle East.

Regardless of how one looks at it, against all expectations, this is shaping up to be the American century.



 

 

2012 Libertarian Presidential Nominee
Former Governor of New Mexico

Gary Johnson

Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson

Johnson Position on Foreign Affairs

Johnson, while maintaining the need to constantly improve our national defense, rejects the idea of our troops continued presence in Europe, Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya. The undefined and shifting objective of our international military presence, coupled with the enormous expenditure that our creaking economy is saddled with, is a stark reminder of the need to reevaluate our foreign and domestic security policy in the face of our outrageous budget deficit.
Johnson's profile, official website and positions on the issues



 
2012 Democratic Presidential Nominee
Current President of the United States

Barack Obama

Presidential Candidate Barack Obama

Obama Position on Foreign Affairs

• Obama speaks about providing a visionary leadership and the need to renew the US global leadership position through proper foreign policy, a renewed military along with a need to confront the proliferation of the nuclear arsenal. The question of nuclear proliferation is "the most urgent threat to the security of America and the world."

• "This century's threats are at least as dangerous as and in some ways more complex than those we have confronted in the past. They come from weapons that can kill on a mass scale and from global terrorists who respond to alienation or perceived injustice with murderous nihilism. They come from rogue states allied to terrorists and from rising powers that could challenge both America and the international foundation of liberal democracy. They come from weak states that cannot control their territory or provide for their people. And they come from a warming planet that will spur new diseases, spawn more devastating natural disasters, and catalyze deadly conflicts."

• "After Iraq, we may be tempted to turn inward. That would be a mistake. The American moment is not over, but it must be seized anew. We must bring the war to a responsible end and then renew our leadership -- military, diplomatic, moral -- to confront new threats and capitalize on new opportunities. America cannot meet this century's challenges alone; the world cannot meet them without America."

• Barack Obama's most important foreign policy is with respect to the question of Iraq. Obama envisages a regional conference involving Iran and Syria as part of the strategy to find an ultimate solution to the Iraq question.
Obama's profile, official website and positions on the issues



 
2012 Republican Presidential Nominee
Former Governor of Massachusetts

Mitt Romney

Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney

Romney Position on Foreign Affairs

• The foreign policy outlined by Mitt Romney charts down two main issues in the forefront which will strengthen the United States position as an economic and military super power. One pertains to 'defeating the Jihadists' and the other relates to 'competing with Asia'.

• Romney feels that since the Asian economies are rapidly expanding, the United States need to shed its protectionist approach in the matters of its economy. It will need to open up its market even further. This can be done through reducing the tariffs, bringing down the corporate taxes and by employing a competitive advantage in the market.

• To make the United States a more competitive economy, Romney wants looser laws of immigration so that the economy can take advantage of highly skilled workers. The policy is specific to the highly skilled workers and is clear from its insistence to keep the low-skilled workers who migrate illegally from the South.

• Romney believes that a three pronged approach would take care of the Jihadists. The first aspect would be the employment of military options and pressure. The second approach would be diplomacy which would involve the regional and international players. The third approach would exhort the Muslims to reject extremism. In those nations where the Al Qaeda is developing its roots, such as Bali and Pakistan, the United States should send its forces in order to work in synergy with the local population to contain the terrorists.

• Romney believes that Iran offers a serious challenge to America and that the US has to assure that Iran does not develop a nuclear arsenal. Romney believes economic sanctions and similar strategies would work. The military option may also be left open.
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Declared 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate


Matt Snyder

Presidential Candidate Matt Snyder

Snyder Position on Foreign Affairs

"America has been a wonderful source of aid to other nations. However, our economic situation is such that we simply cannot afford to continue supplying financial aid to non-allies. Libyans saw no benefit from our aid. Pakistan has received around $20 Billion in the last decade and their loyalty still rested with Bin Laden. We just can’t afford to be this stupid anymore."


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Declared 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman

Vern Wuensche

Presidential Candidate Vern Wuensche

Wuensche Position on Foreign Affairs

• Wuensche believes we should reduce our support and redefine our relationship with the United Nations.

• He believes Americans should have a continuing discussion on what are our national interests and prioritize our resources to take care of them only.

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