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Why U.S. foreign policy may play a larger role at the 2024 national conventions

Why U.S. foreign policy may play a larger role at the 2024 national conventions
Foreign policy issues regularly come to the fore at the national political conventions, especially during periods of global instability. Sometimes the events are marked by bitter disagreements within the parties.

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The upcoming U.S. presidential election is set to be influenced by the national conventions of the major political parties. These conventions, held every four years, serve as a platform for the parties to promote their visions, address foreign policy and national security issues, and rally their bases. While domestic priorities are usually the focus, foreign policy has taken center stage during times of global instability or conflict. The conventions are also choreographed events designed to showcase party leaders and rising stars to a primetime television audience. The issue of foreign policy is often used to criticize the opposition or laud the party's candidate, especially given the president's role as commander-in-chief. The article also highlights the role of policy platforms and the internal debates that shape them, as well as the potential for intraparty clashes over foreign policy issues. Looking ahead to the 2024 conventions, foreign policy is expected to play a larger-than-usual role, with voters focused on issues such as the wars in the Gaza Strip and Ukraine, U.S. immigration and border security, and growing economic and security challenges from China. The article also discusses the divisions within the Democratic and Republican parties on international issues such as the Israel-Hamas war and the war in Ukraine. While the parties are less divided on issues like immigration and the rise of China, foreign policy is expected to be a significant factor in the upcoming election.