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Council on Foreign Relations Media Guide
Foreign Policy Debate

President Barack Obama and former governor Mitt Romney will face off in Boca Raton, Florida, tonight for the final presidential debate. Here is a nonpartisan guide from CFR and Foreign Affairs on the most salient campaign issues. These and other resources can be accessed on the Campaign 2012 Project page.


The Candidates, In their Own Words

A collection of the candidates' major speeches, statements, and op-eds. Browse the Essential Documents


Comparing the Candidates on the Issues

Fifteen continuously-updated summaries of Obama and Romney's positions on Iran, Pakistan, defense policy, Afghanistan, and other campaign issues. View the Issue Trackers


Get Up to Speed on Foreign Policy offers more than one hundred primers on a range of issues, from the eurozone crisis to al-Qaeda. Browse Backgrounders


Tonight's Must-Ask Questions

Four CFR fellows weigh in on the questions they believe warrant discussion during the debate. Read the Roundup


Challenges for the Next President

CFR experts look ahead at the foreign policy issues confronting the next president, including Isobel Coleman on foreign aid, Stewart Patrick on the United Nations, and Elizabeth Economy on China. Watch the Video Briefs


How the Election is Viewed Abroad

Experts from South Africa, China, Brazil, Germany, and other countries share their take on the campaign, and what's at stake for each country's relationship with the United States. Browse the Views from Abroad Series


Candidates and Their Advisers in the Pages of Foreign Affairs Magazine

Foreign Affairs has collected articles by past and present presidential hopefuls and their advisers, on how they see the world. Grouped by election year, they can be found here.



Get CFR Analysis in Real Time During the Debate

Follow CFR Experts on Twitter for live analysis of the debate. Follow @CFRCampaign, @CFR_org, and @ForeignAffairs for background resources from the editors of the Candidates and the World blog, the organization, and its magazine.


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