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The Next President: Foreign Policy Challenges
What are the foreign policy issues that will matter in the next four years, and how will the next U.S. president handle them?

The next President of the United States may face some very tough foreign policy decisions early in his administration. So it’s important that American voters know where candidates stand on the key issues. From the volatile situation in Syria to the challenges posed by China, host Ray Suarez and our panelists discuss the foreign policy differences and similarities between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

In the first of a three-part roundtable discussion, Ray Suarez sits down with Foreign Policy magazine’s editor in chief, Susan Glasser, and the Brookings Institution’s director of research for foreign policy, Michael O’Hanlon, to discuss the presidential candidates’ views on today’s key foreign policy challenges.
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Confronting Iran’s nuclear ambitions will be among the top foreign policy priorities for the next president. America Abroad’s Joseph Braude talks to former government officials Nicholas Burns, Dennis Ross, and Juan Zarate about the evolution of U.S. policy towards Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
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With the situation in Syria continuing to deteriorate, the potential for international intervention rises. Ray Suarez talks with Syrian-American activist Rafif Jouejati, who works with Syrian nonviolent groups, about what role the U.S. should play. 
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The ongoing debt crisis in Europe has made possible what was once inconceivable—the collapse of the euro. Ray Suarez takes a look back at the history of the EU and the origins of the current financial crisis.
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The roundtable discussion continues with experts weighing in on the future of the euro, the effect of Europe’s crisis on the global economy, and what it will mean for the next administration.
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The roundtable discussion concludes by focusing on China, including the controversy over its currency manipulation, the American debt held by the Chinese, and how an Obama or Romney administration might address a more assertive China. 
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Featured Experts

Susan Glasser
Susan Glasser is editor in chief of Foreign Policy, the magazine of global politics, economics, and ideas. A longtime foreign correspondent and editor for the Washington Post, Glasser joined Foreign Policy in 2008 and has been spearheading the magazine’s ambitious expansion in print and online at ForeignPolicy.com.
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Michael O'Hanlon
Michael O’Hanlon specializes in national security and defense policy and is senior author of the Iraq and Afghanistan Index, projects. Before joining Brookings, O'Hanlon worked as a national security analyst at the Congressional Budget Office.
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The Next President: Foreign Policy Challenges / Produced by Joseph Braude, Monica Bushman, Martha Little, and A.C. Valdez, with additional production help by Flawn Williams / Web Producer: Javier Barrera / Images: AP Images, FreedomHouse (via Flickr)Jesse GarciaJnn13shanidov (via Flickr)zlbl (via Flickr).

Host: Ray Suarez / Length: 51 minutes / Airdate: September 2012

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