Yes, the topics for Monday night's presidential debate on foreign policy have already been announced. And sure, moderator Bob Schieffer only has 90 minutes. But an hour and a half of international affairs during an election dominated by economic issues is an exciting prospect for us at Foreign Policy.
We've reached out to our readers, our contributors, and outside experts ranging from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to Pimco CEO Mohamed El-Erian with a simple prompt: What would you ask the candidates? Here's what they said (for more great questions, check out Shadow Government's list):
Newt Gingrich -- former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate
1. How big a threat is Syrian chemical weapons falling into the wrong hands, and what would you do about it?
2. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning about Iran crossing a red line. If Israel preemptively attacks Iran, what would your administration do?
3. The Chinese are crowding Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam with territorial demands. How would you respond?
4. There is a real possibility that Greece will collapse and then drag Spain and other countries into default. The impact on European banks could be bigger than in 2008. No one knows what the effect on American banks would be. What would your administration do?
Joseph Nye -- Harvard University
5. Governor Romney, in your book No Apology you extol the importance of American soft power. So far, so good. But then you attack Big Bird, an exemplar of American soft power. Why? Did you forget?
Joseph Cirincione -- Ploughshares Fund
6. The previous administration launched two wars that were far more costly, killed far more people, and lasted far longer than officials had predicted. If you launch military strikes against Iran, can you tell us how this will end?
Elisa Massimino -- Human Rights First
7. Governor Romney, would you revoke the executive order banning torture?
8. President Obama, do you still intend to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay? If so, how?
9. Governor Romney, would you try terrorism suspects in federal courts?
10. President Obama, why shouldn't Americans know the criteria you use to decide that the U.S. government may kill terrorist suspects?