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U.S. Foreign Policy and the Next President: America at a Pivot Point

, Friday, June 6, 2008

This year, American children born after the fall of the Berlin Wall, literally a generation ago, will vote in a presidential election for the first time. They will join a group of voters born and raised during the long struggle against communism and now entering retirement. On Feb. 12 of this year, the nation's first baby boomer -- born on January 1, 1946 -- collected her first social security check. In 2008, the long shadow cast by the Cold War will finally start to recede.

Both baby boomers and so-called "millennials" seek a president that can address the most obvious causes of national anxiety, including the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the prospect of a generations-long struggle against global terrorism, and growing economic concern. But they need and deserve something more: They need a President who can pivot from the legacy of the Cold War to meet the security challenges of today and tomorrow. ...

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