THE QUESTION

Does it worry you that Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee talks about issues like gun rights and abortion and teaching "creationism" in school, but has no experience in foreign policy? What does her selection say to people in other countries about how U.S. politics works?

Posted by Fareed Zakaria and David Ignatius on September 9, 2008 6:33 PM

FROM THE PANEL

Ignacio Gil Vázquez is the managing editor of Spain’s second largest circulation newspaper, El Mundo. He previously served as foreign correspondent in France and as Culture section editor. He has covered wide-ranging events throughout his career, including the Basque conflict, Catalan politics, Francois Mitterrand’s final years as president of France, his successor Jacques Chirac’s election, and the death of Princess Diana.

Who's Afraid of a Hockey Mom?

Since she appeared at the Republican Convention, Palin has became the center of debate. Where have all the flowers gone?

Posted by Ignacio Gil Vázquez Madrid, Spain | 10 COMMENTS
Sep 11, 2008 at 8:59 AM
Rami George Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and U.S. citizen whose family resides in Beirut, Amman, and Nazareth. He is editor at large, and former executive editor, of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, published throughout the Middle East with the International Herald Tribune. An internationally syndicated political columnist and book author, he is also the first director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, and also serves as a nonresident senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Harvard University and the Dubai School of Government. He was awarded the Pax Christi International Peace Prize for 2006. He teaches annually at American University of Beirut, University of Chicago and Northeastern University. He has been a fellow and visiting scholar at Harvard University, Mount Holyoke College, Syracuse University and Stanford University, and is a member of the Brookings Institution Task Force on US Relations with the Islamic World. He is a Fellow of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (Jerusalem), and a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard University Divinity School. He also serves on the board of the East-West Institute, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University (USA), and the Jordan National Museum. He was editor-in-chief of the Jordan Times for seven years and for 18 years he was general manager of Al Kutba, Publishers, in Amman, Jordan, where he also served as a consultant to the Jordanian tourism ministry on biblical archaeological sites. He has hosted programs on archeology, history and current public affairs on Jordan Television and Radio Jordan, and often comments on Mideast issues in the international media. He has BA and MSc degrees respectively in political science and mass communications from Syracuse University, NY, USA.

This is Real World, not Reality TV

Sarah Palin's nomination for the U.S. vice presidency reflects the best and worst in American politics and culture.

Posted by Rami G. Khouri Beirut, Lebanon | 20 COMMENTS
Sep 10, 2008 at 12:38 PM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

McCain's Shallow Mindset

Soap operas and hockey pucks will not cure America’s significant domestic ills.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 44 COMMENTS
Sep 10, 2008 at 12:35 PM
Miriam Leitao is a reporter and columnist for O Globo and Radio CBN in Brazil. She is also a commentator on Globo TV Network and runs her own blog, www.miriamleitao.com, hosted at Globo online at www.oglobo.com.br. She was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2005.

Palin's Theocratic Beliefs

Lack of foreign policy experience isn't the problem with Sarah Palin: It's her theocratic beliefs and unwillingness to support action on global warming.

Posted by Miriam Leitao Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 19 COMMENTS
Sep 10, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Palin's Dangerous Lack of Curiosity

The world wants two things in an American leader: curiosity about other nations and a knowledge of the history and cultures of their nations. Governor Palin has neither and that's downright dangerous.

Posted by Chuck McLean | 31 COMMENTS
Sep 10, 2008 at 11:16 AM

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