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UPDATE: Foreign Policy Expert Bruce Jentleson on the Talk Back Show [NEW PODCAST]

If you missed our original October 10 interview with President Obama’s foreign policy advis0r, now’s your chance!

Today on Talk Back, we are happy to welcome foreign policy expert Bruce Jentleson.

Jentleson has flexed his foreign policy prowess not only as a professor at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, but also as the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Al Gore during the 1999-2000 Gore-Lieberman campaign.

Jentleson’s most recent articles focus on comparing the foreign policy plans (or lack thereof) of President Obama and Mitt Romney.

In Romney’s Foreign Policy Thematics and in the more recently published A Dangerous Mind, Jentleson challenges what he sees as Romney’s foreign policy. “Romney is following in the footsteps of George W. Bush,” Jentleson claims, “relying more on bluster than strategy and veering to ideological extremes.”

Looking back a bit further, Jentleson’s most notable work “The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas,” makes the case that many of America’s foreign policy problems are self-driven. In other words, American arrogance and a failure to acknowledge the “rise of the rest” (as Fareed Zakaria would say) has led to a series of foreign policy blunders (most notably Jentleson would point to Iraq).

During today’s show, we will undoubtedly speak about the foreign policy plans of both Romney and Obama. I highly recommend for everyone to read Romney’s own foreign policy white paper “An American Century—A Strategy To Secure America’s Enduring Interests and Ideals.” Because Romney has no executive foreign policy experience (as Obama did before the election) it is very easy to create a caricature of Romney’s plan.

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