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Vol 49 No 21

Published 17th October 2008

Diplomats on the campaign trail

Barack Obama is taking no chances on foreign policy, seen as one of his weaknesses against Senator John McCain who has been in Congress since 1983.

There some 300 foreign policy advisors working on Barack Obama's campaign, about 50 on Africa alone; this compares to about 50 advisors on all foreign policy for McCain’s campaign. Almost all the advisors are volunteers prepared to write policy briefs for their respective candidates and help to boost the campaign through their own networks.

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