On Thursday evening the Cornell speaker series entitled “Freedom & Free Societies” hosted Richard Fontaine. Fontaine is probably best known for being John McCain’s foreign policy advisor for about five years, including 2008, but he also boasts a post at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). His talk on Thursday concerned what we can likely expect brought up in terms of foreign policy for the next two years (obviously aside from the two wars we are engaged in). According to Fontaine and his sources, here are some predictions about what we are likely to see on Capitol Hill leading up to 2012:

1. Iranian sanctions. (The Republicans will push hard to implement sanctions.)
2. Russia/US bilateral trade agreements. (For instance, the START treaty will be eventually ratified.)
3. Chinese currency legislation. (Consider the behavior of China at the G20 summit.)

Other predictions: We can expect a push back on Obama’s Israeli policy and Guantanamo Bay will be open indefinitely.

Of course these are just general talking points, though Mr. Fontaine did a wonderful job of convincing me that these will be some hot topics of debate given the current events today. Do you agree with the general topics, or do you have other ideas in mind?

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