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International Views on the Elections, Direct from the DNC

The Council on Foreign Relations’ campaign website published a great synthesis of interviews with the international press corps at the Democratic National Convention in Denver to find out how their national publics views of the US presidential debate. interviewed reporters from Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, Kuwait, Germany, Denmark, among others. It's a great read.

The interview cites a finding from a Pew survey showing that 83 percent of Japanese citizens expressing interest in the campaign, compared to 80 percent of U.S. citizens (!).

Apart from the press corps, there were also many international politicians visiting the Democratic National Convention this week. Public Radio International's “The World” program spoke with a few of these foreign observers about what they wanted to hear from Senator Obama's convention speech. The interviewer speaks with an Indonesian politician, a Member of Parliament from Afghanistan, the Jamaican Ambassador to the US, among others. The theme was a desire for the US to cooperate more with other nations in its foreign policy.

Watch The World's correspondent's search for international press at the convention here:

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Melinda Brouwer

Melinda Brower holds a Masters degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She received her bachelor's degree in Political Science and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a graduate diploma in International Relations from the University of Chile during her tenure as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She has worked on Capitol Hill, at the State Department, for Foreign Policy magazine and the American Academy of Diplomacy. She presently works for an internationally focused non-profit research organization in Washington, DC.