Iran

President Obama's second term begins with a series of foreign policy challenges on his plate. From unrest in the Middle East, to a rising China, to Europe's economic woes, the next Obama administration will face a series of foreign policy challenges. To learn more listen to this month's episode of America Abroad – Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges: The Next 4 Years.

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. 

“Because we have employed so many of the options that are available to us to persuade Iran to take a different course, the window for solving this issue diplomatically is shrinking.” 
–President Obama during a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron on March 14, 2012

“Make no mistake, our strong presence in the Middle East endures, and the United States will never waver in defense of our allies, our partners, or our interests.”

What does Iran's new leadership mean for the future of the country, its nuclear weapons program and relationship with the West, and for Iranians around the world? 

As citizens rise up across the Middle East, they fear more than reprisals of their own rulers. Many worry that leaders from Iran are looking to capitalize on a de-stabilized Middle East. They fear Iran wants to acquire more power and influence in the region.

The balance appears to be tipping in Tehran’s favor: Iran has solid footholds in Iraq, Lebanon, and Gaza. And it’s eyeing potential openings across the Arab world… From Riyadh to Washington, alarms are sounding.

America Abroad Media (AAM), in partnership with CNN and The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, hosted a joint interview with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on a wide range of issues including the war in Afghanistan, nuclear negotiations with Iran and engagement with Pakistan.

A generation has been born without seeing a normalization of relations between the U.S. and Iran since the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis. AAM examines how the relationship reached this point and looks deeper into Iran’s growing regional influence in the Middle East. A chasm is growing between Shia and Sunni Muslims once again and Iran is seeking to capitalize on the region’s growing anti-American sentiment since the Iraq War. 

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