Today, Mitt Romney gave his "major foreign policy address" at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. The National Security Network compared his policy suggestions against the experts in a fact-check and a press call.
With attention focused on events at the UN in New York, the effects of the "Arab Spring" have continued to ripple across the Middle East: Yemeni President Saleh returned home to an uncertain future; Saudi women gained the right to vote in future elections; organized labor flexed its muscles in Egypt; and violence ticked up in Syria. With the hopes and allegiance of a young generation in play, the U.S. continues to face an array of unique situations and a challenge to think both pragmatically and strategically. As analyst Daniel Serwer writes, from Teheran to Washington, "there is no reason for spring to be only Arab."
Thursday night's Fox News-Google debate offered presidential hopefuls the chance to present their vision on a range of important issues in foreign affairs. The discussion also revealed several surprising misconceptions about U.S. national security at odds with the views of nonpartisan defense and military experts.
The international scene is buzzing this week. Leaders from around the world are meeting at the UN, a political assassination rocked Afghanistan and Congress continued to debate the federal budget, which will play a significant role in determining America's strength, both at home and abroad. Tonight, candidates for the presidency will have a chance to articulate a coherent view of America's role in the world at a debate in Orlando hosted by Fox News. Below are five questions - pulled from this week's headlines - that will gauge whether candidates agree with nonpartisan security experts about how America should lead in a rapidly changing world.