When world leaders last flew to New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly session, fallen Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi was a doomed man on the run, Egyptian democracy protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir square had prevailed and Syrians were struggling to be next.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives in Poland today seeking to burnish his foreign policy standing and score points against President Barack Obama for his “abandonment” of eastern Europe.
President Barack Obama will leave Asia without an agreement from other world leaders on concrete steps to rebalance the global economy or a South Korean trade deal central to his goal of boosting U.S. exports.
President Barack Obama countered Republican attacks on his trade record with China by filing a complaint seeking to stop Beijing’s export limits on rare earth materials, a policy the president said hurt American manufacturing jobs.
Western allies planning for a possible no-fly zone over Libya may find their deliberations overtaken by events, as Muammar Qaddafi ’s forces close in on the opposition’s stronghold of Benghazi with tanks, infantry and air support.
President Barack Obama will give the second Oval Office address of his presidency to mark the transition from a U.S. combat role in Iraq, a shift that won’t end the risks to administration policy or to American troops.