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Romney’s Foreign Policy Team

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My column asks whether Mitt Romney or Rick Perry is better positioned to get to the magic number of 270 electoral college votes.

The news among the insiders is that Romney gained the support of fundraising baron Paul Singer.

But much more important for the country, and for the foreign policy elite of the GOP, is the make-up of Romney’s advisory team when it comes to plans to reclaim America’s preeminent position in global affairs. From Mike Allen’s Playbook:

FIRST LOOK: Ahead of Mitt Romney’s foreign-policy speech tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., he today will announce his Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team, saying: “Their remarkable experience, wisdom, and depth of knowledge will be critical to ensuring that the 21st century is another American Century.”

–SPECIAL ADVISERS: Cofer Black … Christopher Burnham … Michael Chertoff … Eliot Cohen … Norm Coleman … John Danilovich … Paula Dobriansky … Eric Edelman … Michael Hayden … Kerry Healey … Kim Holmes … Robert Joseph … Robert Kagan … John Lehman … Walid Phares … Pierre Prosper … Mitchell Reiss … Daniel Senor … Jim Talent … Vin Weber … Richard Williamson … Dov Zakheim.


–Afghanistan & Pakistan: James Shinn, Co-Chair … Ashley Tellis, Co-Chair

–Africa: Tibor Nagy, Chair

–Asia-Pacific: Evan Feigenbaum, Co-Chair … Aaron Friedberg, Co-Chair … Kent Lucken, Co-Chair

–Counter-Proliferation: Eric Edelman, Co-Chair … Robert Joseph, Co-Chair … Stephen Rademaker, Co-Chair

–Counterterrorism/Intelligence: Michael Chertoff, Co-Chair … Michael Hayden, Co-Chair

–Defense: John Lehman, Co-Chair … Roger Zakheim, Co-Chair

–Europe: Nile Gardiner, Co-Chair … Kristen Silverberg, Co-Chair

–Human Rights: Pierre Prosper, Chair

–International Assistance: Grant Aldonas, Co-Chair … Daniel Runde, Co-Chair

–International Organizations: Christopher Burnham, Co-Chair … Paula Dobriansky, Co-Chair … Robert O’Brien, Co-Chair

–Latin America: Clifford Sobel, Co-Chair … Ray Walser, Co-Chair

–Middle East & North Africa: Mary Beth Long, Co-Chair … Meghan O’Sullivan, Co-Chair … Walid Phares, Co-Chair

–Russia: Leon Aron, Co-Chair … William Martel, Co-Chair



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