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Monday, October 22, 2012

Where Do Romney, Obama Stand On Foreign Policy?

President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Oct. 16. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

Foreign policy is the focus of Monday’s third and final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

The questions are expected to range from the war in Afghanistan, tensions between between Iran and Israel, the rise of China and what happened in Benghazi.

Analysts say President Obama and Mitt Romney share some views key foreign policy issues, like the 2014 withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

But both candidates are likely to focus on their differences in the debate, starting with their very different views of how to implement U.S. foreign policy goals.

How do their foreign policy stances stack up to the realities on the ground, in Iran, China and Syria?


  • Michael Kranish, Washington correspondent for The Boston Globe. He is co-author of the book ‘The Real Romney.’
  • Thanassis Cambanis,  fellow at The Century Foundation and a columnist for The Boston Globe.  He’s author of  “A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel.”

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