Regardless of whether the next President is Obama or McCain, he is going to be confronted with difficult foreign policy challenges involving the United States’s relations with nearly every region of the world. In the Middle East there are the continuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In addition, political instability in Israel and the unsettled conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians undermines U.S. policy goals and absorbs U.S. diplomatic resources. Outside of just the Middle East, Russia’s reassertion of power in the Caucuses is having ripple effects everywhere Russian tanks can reach; though mostly in Europe and the former Soviet states. The rises of China and India in Asia have the potential to upset stability in the respective regions.