US election 2012
We're a long way from the days of the cold war, but the need for smart power endures.
"This is a disaster, it’s a catastrophe, it’s a cataclysmic event unrivalled by the likes of any calamity since the dawn of history."
There is little evidence that Romney has the gravitas needed to speak for his country.
Secret video reveals Republican candidate describing 47% of voters as "victims" who will always vote for Obama.
The state's Republicans have made complex changes to voting rules, with a simple aim: disenfranchising working class communities who are not likely to support them.
Like the Democrats in 2004, the Republicans have over-estimated their instinctive appeal to voters.
Paradoxically, US foreign policy has always been focused on neighbourly expansion of territory without the pursuance of global hegemony.
The GOP has allowed the Democrats to seize their ideological heartland - patriotism and defence.
US president opens up a five-point lead over Romney in latest national poll.