Pawlenty to deliver address on Middle East

GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty will deliver a "major" address on foreign policy in New York City next week, according to his campaign.

Pawlenty will speak to the Council on Foreign Relations on Tuesday about the "challenges and opportunities presented by the Arab Spring" as well as "President Obama's failed leadership, approach, and philosophy of how to approach the entire Middle East region," according to a campaign aide.

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The announcement regarding Pawlenty's speech comes one day after President Obama laid out his plan to withdraw more than 30,000 troops from Afghanistan.

Pawlenty has looked to stake out a position as a foreign policy hawk in the GOP field; he issued a stinging statement Wednesday night criticizing Obama's Afghanistan strategy, calling it "deeply concerning."

"When America goes to war, America needs to win. We need to close out the war successfully," he said. 

Pawlenty has also warned other candidates in the Republican field to not drift toward isolationist policies as skepticism in his party of the Afghanistan war has grown.

The ex-Minnesota governor, "will touch on the need for the Republican Party to continue its support for a strong foreign policy" during his speech, according to the aide.