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US mid-terms and foreign policy

Ahead of Tuesday’s mid-term elections in the United States, the question of what the outcome might mean for US foreign policy seems to have a consensus answer: no change. An analysis in the GlobalPost website says most political analysts believe there will likely be no significant change in the direction of the Obama administration’s foreign policy.

Indeed, some analysts predict that if the Republicans take control of Congress, President Obama, just as President Clinton did, will place greater emphasis on foreign policy.

Ms. Anne-Marie Slaughter, the director of policy planning for the US State Department, emphasized to 100 international journalists the key difference between the present administration and the Bush administration: a strong belief in “a just and sustainable international order based on rights and international responsibilities.”

Meanwhile, another columnist in the GlobalPost noted that the Tea Party movement, the conservative grassroots movement which has led the charge against President Obama's government in the past year, has no foreign policy.