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The Realist Prism: Foreign Policy and the U.S. Presidential Election

Friday, Oct. 14, 2011

In her WPR column yesterday, Frida Ghitis noted that the global chessboard is being "reset" as countries re-examine longstanding partnerships and alliances, both formal and informal, in the face of broad geopolitical changes taking place today. "As a result," wrote Ghitis, "the coming months and years will bring about a recasting of important strategic links, some of which have been part of the global landscape for decades."

The evidence of this transformation can be found across the Middle East and South Asia, as a result of the Arab uprisings, but also due to the Afghanistan War, which has strained U.S. relations with Pakistan, and the growing strategic rivalry between Turkey and Israel, which has put pressure on Washington's ties with Ankara. ...

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