Kansas State Professor: Foreign Policy Still Key

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas State University political science professor says that foreign policy issues regarding counterterrorism and Iran will remain a challenge for the next president's administration.

Dale Herspring, who spent more than 20 years in the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service, said issues remain even as the Iraq war winds down, most notably Afghanistan and Pakistan.

``The Middle East remains volatile and unpredictable,'' Herspring said.

He said the United States should lead the way in an international response should Iran establish a nuclear arsenal. And though both presidential candidates have said they would push Iran through diplomatic channels, the next course of action may beyond diplomacy.

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