Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges: The Next 4 Years

Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges: The Next 4 Years

President Obama's second term begins with a series of foreign policy challenges on his plate. From unrest in the Middle East, to a rising China, to Europe's economic woes, the next Obama administration will face a series of foreign policy challenges. To learn more listen to this month's episode of America Abroad – Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges: The Next 4 Years.

Produced by Maeve Frances, Martha Little, A.C. Valdez, Jocelyn Ford and Teri Schultz, with additional production by Flawn Williams / Web Producer: Philippa Levenberg / Images courtesy of AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, White House/Pete Souza, US Dept of Defense, jon.t via Flickr Creative Commons, and Sebastiano Tomada / Host: Tess Vigeland 

Syria's destabilizing effects

Thousands of refugees have fled violence in Syria for neighboring countries like Turkey, creating ethnic and sectarian tensions and straining relief efforts. Maeve Frances reports from the Syrian-Turkish border.

Crises in the Mideast

Civil war in Syria, a possible Israeli strike against Iran, and the rise of Islamist governments ensure the Middle East will be a high priority for the next Obama administration. Host Tess Vigeland talks with Rob Satloff of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Aaron David Miller of the Wilson Center about how President Obama will approach the region.

The US and China: A balancing act

Despite their military and economic rivalry, the United States and China also need each other. Jocelyn Ford reports from Beijing's nightclubs and business district, where Chinese ambivalence toward America is plain to see.

Looking East: China and its neighbors

Host Tess Vigeland talks with Princeton University's Aaron Friedberg and Jonathan Pollack of the Brookings Institution about the foreign policy issues facing President Obama in the Far East – including new leadership in China, Japan and both Koreas, and increasing tensions between China and Japan.

The US and EU: Free trade on the horizon?

Hillary Clinton recently indicated that a free trade agreement between the US and EU could be in the cards. Such a deal would be the biggest economic partnership ever, and could provide both economies a much-needed shot in the arm. Teri Schultz reports from Brussels.

America and the European Union: A vital partnership

Host Tess Vigeland talks with Charles Kupchan of the Council on Foreign Relations and Adam Posen of the Peterson Institute for International Economics about how the Obama administration will look to strengthen America's relationship with Europe during its second term.