Foreign policy takes center stage in 2012 election

American policy towards “Arab Spring” nations has become a major general election issue

Published Sep. 25, 2012

Farideh Farazmand, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.The eruption of violent, anti-American protests in more than two dozen Muslim countries has swung the focus of the 2012 presidential campaign from the economy to foreign policy, the topic of the final presidential debate at Lynn University.

“Events abroad are taking a bigger slice of the campaign debate,” said Farideh Farazmand, professor of international business in Lynn’s College of Business and Management and expert on Persian culture. “The spotlight on the candidates’ reactions to protests in Egypt and Libya underscores this.”

The recent events in the Middle East and North Africa could have a profound impact on the election results this November.

“A new case of turmoil or mishandling of events can swing opinions and affect the election results, as the Iranian Hostage Crisis did in 1980,” said Farazmand. “The events in Egypt and Libya will undoubtedly provide a fresh and intense backdrop to the final presidential debate at Lynn on Oct. 22.”

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Farideh Farazmand is a professor of international business at Lynn University.

  • Areas of expertise: Economics (including current issues), international finance, international business and Persian culture
  • Brief bio: Farazmand is an expert in economics and global issues and at the intersections of political and economic forces. In this role, she can speak to the media on current national and global economic issues, the role of government in the economy and the impact of cultural differences in international negotiations.