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4 big foreign policy issues that didn't come up during the foreign policy debate

Monday's third and final presidential debate focused largely turmoil in the Middle East, Central Asia and, to a lesser extent, China. That leaves a lot of ground that not only wasn't covered, it wasn't even trod upon.


  1. Immigration

    Immigration has been an issue in the campaign dating back to the Republican primaries, but on a night devoted to foreign policy, the foreign policy that most directly affects millions of Americans wasn't even mentioned.
  2. European financial crisis

    The economies of Europe and America are intertwined through trade and finance. Home mortgage rates in the United States are based on a number derived in London's financial district. The world's largest military alliance is between Europe and the United States.

    Despite all of that, neither former Gov. Mitt Romney nor President Barack Obama were asked about a financial crisis that threatens to sink a continent. What would either of them do to help stabilize the euro?
  3. Global warming

    Rising sea levels are a threat to nations around the world, including the United States. Rising temperatures have caused climate change, leading to droughts in some places, floods in others, as well as violent storms all over the world. 

    Neither candidate was asked to give their view on whether or how to tackle these concerns.
  4. North Korea

    One rogue nuclear nation that got only a glancing mention in the debate was North Korea. During Obama's term, long-time North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died and has been replaced by his son Kim Jong-un, who has rattled his saber by attempting to launch long-range missiles. Kim has also threatened to carry out further nuclear tests.