What is the foreign policy agenda for the next four years?

Stephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy

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Is it too early to talk about the foreign policy and national security agenda that will face the next president? No matter who wins on November 6, the feature that is going to dominate U.S. national security planning over the next four years is constraint. Even if we avoid going off the sequestration cliff, there is going to be considerable pressure on the defense budget. Forget all those promises that Romney made about ramping up defense spending, expanding the Navy, etc. If he does beat Obama and has to face reality (as opposed to his Etch-a-Sketch approach to campaigning) he'll figure out that budget math is real and unforgiving. And given the budget picture these days, that means limits.

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On Occasion of the US Presidential Election - support for Obama

Belgrade, November 6, 2012

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The Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS), as an atheistic, socio-liberal think-tank advocating uncompromising respect for individual human rights hopes that the Presidential Elections in the United States will bring victory for the current President Barack Obama.

Additionally, President Obama announced in April 2012 the creation of a high-level interagency Atrocities Prevention Board (APB), a key component of US foreign policy and government strategy to prevent and respond to mass atrocity crimes and genocide. The International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, which CEAS became a member of in September this year, welcomed this landmark initiative to strengthen US capacity for the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. With these developments, the US government is actualizing its commitment to the Responsibility to Protect norm.

Rights and Responsibility

Kenneth Roth, Foreign Policy, November 5, 2012

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How might tomorrow's presidential election affect U.S. policy on human rights? The common wisdom is that unlike their sharp divergences on domestic policy, there isn't much difference between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney on foreign policy. That is only partly true.

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Beyond the Welfare State: Rawls’s Radical Vision for a Better America

Martin O’Neill and Thad Williamson, Boston Review, 24.10.2012

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Fundamental issues of political philosophy usually lurk in the background of electoral politics, but some contests push these issues into the light. Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, and Romney’s criticisms of “the 47 percent” of Americans who owe no federal income tax, have raised basic questions of social and economic justice for the 2012 election.

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Elements of the Serbia 2012 Progress Report of the EU Commission Referring to the Security Sector

Serbia 2012 Progress Report

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Civilian oversight of security forces

There was little progress on civilian oversight of security forces. A specific parliamentary committee for civilian oversight of security services was set up in July, in line with the 2010 rules of procedure. Parliamentary oversight remained limited in practice. The legal framework for the security and intelligence services’ monitoring of communications needs to be clarified. Provisions of the Law on Military Security and Military Intelligence Agencies which allowed sensitive data related to citizens’ communications to be monitored without a court order were ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in April 2012. There are allegations that the unclear legal situation has led to abuses. A law on access to state security files remains to be adopted.

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