November 8, 2012

Five Security Challenges Everyone Forgot

Hayes Brown, Think Progress

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As President Obama’s electoral victory continues to sink in, many have already begun to refocus on the many foreign policy issues overshadowed by the race for the White House. Most rapid analysis has focused on those items that always seem to top such lists: ongoing issues in the Middle East, the winding down of the war in Afghanistan, and possible confrontations with China. Rather than rehashing those matters, here’s five issues that while they may be less discussed will definitely help shape Obama’s second term.

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TAGGED: Africa, Nuclear Weapons, Eurozone, Barack Obama, Mexico, United States


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