Thankfully, the farce that was this year’s U.S. Presidential election campaign is almost over; while a Clinton win looks very likely (although we cannot rule out a Trump win which would force us to another set of debates…) , the turmoil of the election is a telling indicator of the state of American politics. Many of the big questions facing the country have not even been touched upon, let alone debated on the facts and reconsidered in light of the country’s long-term strategic interests. There has been no mention at all of world peace.

In terms of foreign policy, some news outlets and analysts have tried to prompt such a discussion–to no real avail at the highest public level given the tenor of the election rhetoric. See, for instance: Foreign Policy’s 18 Essential foreign policy questions Clinton and Trump need to answerBrookings suggested 10 questionsThinkProgress offered 7 questions, AEI put forward 5 questions, and foreign policy stalwarts have offered their advice (see Aspen Institute for an example). There have been calls for both parties to rethink foreign policy in terms of the need for restraint (see also CATO) and the need to further extend US power.

We are adding to this discussion by highlighting some key foreign policy debates that we would have liked to see discussed–and which we hope might still enter the public debate under a new administration. Our goal is to use this blog as a platform for a wide-ranging discussion of how U.S. foreign policy could be reshaped to contribute to peaceful international relations, while rising to today’s global challenges. We seek an exchange of ideas from those who are in favor of committed internationalism, but support a range of policies and approaches. Please feel free to join in the comments or via Facebook, and add the questions you wished had been seriously debated in the Presidential elections.

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