The Constitution gives the President authority to conduct foreign policy, but the President still needs Congress to appropriate money and the Senate to ratify treaties. New Republican committee chairs in the House take a dim view of foreign aid, climate change, the arms treaty with Russia or reducing troops in Afghanistan. They want to crack down on Iran and lighten up on Israeli settlements. They might give Obama a break on free trade, but will Democrats go along?
Can President Obama Change the Subject?
- Josh Rogin - a Washington Post columnist covering foreign policy and national security - @joshrogin
- Christine Fair - Georgetown University - @CChristineFair
- Bruce Stokes - Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund
- Sebastian Mallaby - Senior Fellow on International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations