Ahead of their next debate November 22, the Republican presidential candidates are getting executive briefings on hot-button foreign policy and national security issues. But you don’t have to run for president to get a speed-read on global security challenges from world-class experts. AEI analysts have prepared briefings on the key foreign policy issues you need to know right now.
Debate Prep Series Topics
The Rise of China
China has been accused of human rights violations, unfair trading practices, environmental degradation, and arms proliferation. In what ways can the next president address national security challenges posed by China, while at the same time promoting the economic ties that benefit both countries?
Terrorism: Yemen, Somalia, AfPak
The question for Republican presidential candidates is how to respond to the growing threat in the Gulf of Aden region, where al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen and al Shabaab in Somalia have set up militant safe havens.
Katherine Zimmerman: AEI Debate Prep: How to respond to the growing threat from the Gulf of Aden?
Afghanistan, Iraq: Withdraw, stay?
Republican candidates must debate whether they will reverse the Obama administration's headlong rush for the exits in Afghanistan and Iraq. If elected, will he or she will change course?
Fred Kagan: AEI Debate Prep: After the retreat from Iraq
The Arab Spring mess
For decades, U.S. policymakers have tied US national security to stability in the Middle East. However, with the old order collapsing, the Republican contenders must consider reorienting America’s approach to the region.
Michael Rubin: AEI Debate Prep: U.S. policy in the wake of the Arab Spring
Russia under Czar Putin
In the years ahead, we may confront an autocratic and failing Russia. How should the next president deal with a progressively weaker Russia that continues to define its interests in opposition to those of the United States?
Nick Eberstadt: AEI Debate Prep: Are we ready to deal with a *weaker* Russia?
European Economic Collapse
The risk of a European economic collapse with substantial negative spillover effects on the United States is no longer out of the question. What decisive steps must be taken to help keep Greece’s debt crisis from spreading even further?
John Makin: AEI Debate Prep: Contain the crisis
What to do about Pakistan?
The “problem of Pakistan” will continue to be an enduring foreign policy burden. The question for Washington in the years ahead: What are America’s interests in South Asia and what are the best means by which to pursue them?
Sadanand Dhume: AEI Debate Prep: In South Asia, keep sight of the big picture
Defense Spending and our nation’s armed forces
U.S. presidents have long commanded a military able to carry out a broad range of operations. How will America's next commander-in-chief maintain US military dominance in the face of massive defense budget cuts?
US Alliance with Israel: Peace Process, Turkey’s Turn, Settlements & Jerusalem
The next president could take American policy in a new direction. What exactly would a fresh U.S. strategy toward the Middle East peace process look like?
Danielle Pletka: AEI Debate Prep: Writing a new narrative on Mideast peace
Iran: Assassinations, Hezbollah, Nukes, Latin America
Iran remains the largest state-sponsor of terrorism, and it appears to be on the threshold of nuclear weapons capabilities. How can the man or woman sitting in the Oval Office raise the cost of Iran’s nuclear program beyond the breaking point? And what policies do the GOP candidates suggest to deter Iran from continually aiding terrorist networks in Latin America?
Roger F. Noriega: AEI: Debate Prep: Neutralizing the Iranian threat in Latin America