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Foreign Policy and America’s Presidential Campaign

Two related but distinct political processes – the Democratic and Republican parties’ nominating contests – will play out in the US over the next year. One hopes that what emerges is insight into how the successful candidates answer three big foreign-policy questions.

NEW YORK – It is impossible to know whom American voters will choose as their next president. But it is certain that the choice will have profound consequences, for better and for worse, for the entire world.

More than anything else, this reflects the continuing reality of American power. It also reflects the near-certainty that the next president will inherit a world in considerable turmoil. What he or she chooses to do, and how he or she chooses to do it, will matter a great deal to people everywhere.

That said, it is difficult to know what role foreign policy will play in determining who will next occupy the Oval Office. The 2016 election is still 17 months away. A lot can, and will, happen between now and then.

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