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Blog: Question of the week: In the Wake of Recent Violence, Unrest and Protests Directed Against the United States, What Should be the Foreign Policy Response from the United States to Countries like Egypt or Libya?


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Tragically, on September 11th in Benghazi, Libya, the United States Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans were murdered. This was the first U.S. Ambassador who had been murdered since 1979.

These deaths occurred amidst angry and sometimes violent anti-American protests near U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the Middle East in the countries like Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and Tunisia. In some cases, protesters were burning American flags and effigies of President Obama.

instaPoll: In the wake of recent violence, unrest and protests directed against the United States, what should be the foreign policy response from the United States to countries like Egypt or Libya? (Multi-Answer)

( ) Tether foreign aid to pro-democracy, religious freedoms and human rights benchmarks

( ) Reduce or eliminate foreign aid

( ) Sever diplomatic ties and/or remove embassy staffs

( ) Bolster embassy security with elite Marine units

( ) Continue engagement with these foreign governments to combat terrorism and promote democracy.

( ) I don't know.

( ) Other.

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