Obama, the naive community organizer, thinks the foreign policy debate is about national security, but Romney, the quintessential vulture capitalist, knows that it's always been about maximizing profit.
By now, it seems that everyone has heard of the Russian female punk collective Pussy Riot. Yet the band's prosecution is but an episode in Russia's ongoing misuse of antiextremism laws directed against dissenting voices.
Romney is a salesman; he is a closer. He sounds convincing, confident and certain. But while he is never in doubt, he is frequently wrong. And worse, he is often misleading.
Anyone foolish enough to watch Monday night's debate for a nuanced discussion of foreign policy was sorely disappointed.
Resolving this issue diplomatically however represents the best possible outcome for the United States. So why are some Members of Congress doing their utmost to make this outcome less likely?
It is quite significant that Hezbollah is being implicated, by a decision from Iran, in the battle taking place inside Syria, by providing fighters and equipment, and in attempting to divert attention away from the battle in Syria, by sending an unmanned drone dubbed "Ayoub" over Israeli territory.
It is becoming clear that Israel and Russia may have enough in common to further develop their relations and create a stable friendship based on a variety of interests.
The Security Council and the International Criminal Court have both shown a lack of determination to treat crimes against children with the gravity that their mandates demand.
I write this missive in the year 2014 from my small, poorly ventilated office in the Shandong Province of China where my job and millions of others have been outsourced by President Mitt Romney and his Republican allies in Congress.
You may hear it called black carbon or even elemental carbon. Scientists getting technical will call it the "light-absorbing part of particles suspended in the atmosphere." Let's just keep it simple and call it soot.
Everything USAID did in Russia was done in partnership with Russian organizations and people. This spirit of partnership also helped to enhance the voices and contributions of Russians as they sought to solve problems, community by community.
President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney have begun to flesh out their views on the challenges America faces abroad, but they have said little about a range of pressing international issues and skirted critical aspects of stories that currently grab the news headlines.
Last week's verdict to keep Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina locked up is based on a politically motivated reading of Russia's constitutional norms and the flawed testimony of biased experts.
As the spectacle of UN Week commenced against the backdrop of Syrian bloodshed, a discussion of structural UN reform could not be more timely.
It is not clear whether the signs coming from NATO point to contradiction or cooperation among its member states. The answer about the fate of NATO's role in Syria is primarily held by Turkey, which holds all the trump cards, and in this is second to none, except perhaps Washington.
The singular attention being paid to Pussy Riot, which was front-page news when the group's two-year sentence was handed down in late August, is unique. In a world where human rights causes compete for attention, Pussy Riot managed to break through.