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Topic - Xenia Dormandy
When Mitt Romney faces off against President Obama on Tuesday night in the first of their debates to involve foreign policy, the Republican challenger will take a page from Ronald Reagan's playbook by attempting to portray the Democratic incumbent as the second coming of President Carter, and himself as the champion of the Gipper's "peace through strength" mantra.
"It might have been a doctrine back during the Cold War," said Xenia Dormandy, a senior fellow at Chatham House, the London-based foreign affairs think tank. "But I don't think it has any relevance in the post-Cold War era."
Foreign policy challenges today "ignore borders, are often led not by states but non-states, and are often intangible, for example, energy limitations, environmental issues, pandemics and terrorism," Mrs. Dormandy said. "They don't lend themselves to these kinds of one-on-one staring-down battles in the same way that the Cold War did and therefore they need a different set of tools."