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Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges: The Next 4 Years
President Obama's second term begins with a series of foreign policy challenges on his plate.
From unrest in the Middle East, to a rising China, to Europe's economic woes, the next Obama administration will face a series of foreign policy challenges. To learn more listen to this month's episode of America Abroad – Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges: The Next 4 Years.
Thousands of refugees have fled violence in Syria for neighboring countries like Turkey, creating ethnic and sectarian tensions and straining relief efforts. Maeve Frances reports from the Syrian-Turkish border.
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Civil war in Syria, a possible Israeli strike against Iran, and the rise of Islamist governments ensure the Middle East will be a high priority for the next Obama administration. Host Tess Vigeland talks with Rob Satloff of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Aaron David Miller of the Wilson Center about how President Obama will approach the region.
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Despite their military and economic rivalry, the United States and China also need each other. Jocelyn Ford reports from Beijing's nightclubs and business district, where Chinese ambivalence toward America is plain to see.
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Host Tess Vigeland talks with Princeton University's Aaron Friedberg and Jonathan Pollack of the Brookings Institution about the foreign policy issues facing President Obama in the Far East – including new leadership in China, Japan and both Koreas, and increasing tensions between China and Japan.
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Hillary Clinton recently indicated that a free trade agreement between the US and EU could be in the cards. Such a deal would be the biggest economic partnership ever, and could provide both economies a much-needed shot in the arm. Teri Schultz reports from Brussels.
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Host Tess Vigeland talks with Charles Kupchan of the Council on Foreign Relations and Adam Posen of the Peterson Institute for International Economics about how the Obama administration will look to strengthen America's relationship with Europe during its second term.
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Video Extra

Robert Satloff, Director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, discusses US policy toward Syria.

Featured Experts

Aaron Friedberg
Dr. Aaron Friedberg is a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University. He is a former fellow at the Smithsonian Institution's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, and Harvard University's Center of International Affairs.
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Charles A. Kupchan
Dr. Kupchan is Whitney Shepardson senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is also professor of international affairs in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University. Dr. Kupchan was director for European affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) during the first Clinton administration. Before joining the NSC, he worked in the U.S. Department of State on the policy planning staff.
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Aaron David Miller
Aaron David Miller is currently the Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. For the prior two decades, he served at the Department of State as an advisor to Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State, where he helped formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process, most recently as the Senior Advisor for Arab-Israeli Negotiations.
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Jonathan D. Pollack
Jonathan D. Pollack is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy and acting director of the John L. Thornton China Center at The Brookings Institution. A specialist on East Asian international politics and security, he has published extensively on Chinese political-military strategy, U.S.-China relations, the political and security dynamics of the Korean Peninsula, and U.S. strategy and policy in Asia and the Pacific.
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Adam S. Posen
Adam Posen is President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the world's leading independent think tank on economics and globalization. He is one of the world's foremost experts on fiscal and monetary policy, financial crises, and the economies of Europe, Japan, and the United States.
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Robert Satloff
Robert Satloff has served since 1993 as executive director of The Washington Institute. An expert on Arab and Islamic politics as well as U.S. Middle East policy, Dr. Satloff has written and spoken widely on the Arab-Israeli peace process, the challenge of Political Islam, and the need to revamp U.S. public diplomacy in the Middle East.
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Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges: The Next 4 Years / Produced by Maeve Frances, Martha Little, A.C. Valdez, Jocelyn Ford and Teri Schultz, with additional production by Flawn Williams / Web Producer: Philippa Levenberg / Images courtesy of AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, White House/Pete Souza, US Dept of Defense, jon.t via Flickr Creative Commons, and Sebastiano Tomada / Host: Tess Vigeland / Airdate: January 2013

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