Top foreign policy issues you should know about

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  • Republican contenders must consider reorienting America’s approach to the Arab world

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  • How will America's next commander-in-chief maintain US military dominance?

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  • What exactly would a fresh U.S. strategy toward the Middle East peace process look like?

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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?

Michael Mazza: AEI Debate Prep: Top four national security challenges that China poses

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?

Tom Donnelly: AEI Debate Prep: Military strength and American exceptionalism

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

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