US Election & the World

Global citizens closely follow every nuance of US presidential campaigns - trying to divine what the future holds for US policy. They may not vote in the election, but they are aware of the enormous influence the United States wields throughout the world. The curiosity goes beyond foreign policy and security. US policies on trade, immigration, the environment and even health care often carry implications for other nations, some expected and some unexpected. That’s why the campaign tops headlines in newspapers around the globe: “Who Are the Superdelegates?” inquires the Independent in Great Britain. “Voters’ New Focus on Foreign Policy Could Reshuffle US Presidential Race,” suggests China’s Xinhua. “We’re on Fantasy Island in the US Election Campaign,” commented the Daily Star in Lebanon. The campaign for president reveals the mood of the electorate and sets a policy course.

Observers ponder whether the US electorate, polarized in so many ways, will pursue a path leading to reckless spending or frugality, diplomacy with a few nations or many, unilateralism or a policy of multilateral cooperation. This YaleGlobal special section presents articles that analyze the global implications of the US elections. 

The next US presidential election: 3 November 2020.

Selected Issues

Labor strike. People holding flags and posters.


Technology Eliminates Livelihoods

troops detaining immigrants


Land of Opportunity or Resentment?

Nurses protest


Voters Reject Rising Costs

Walrus near melting ice


Climate Change Limits


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The World’s Policeman Takes Pause

cargo ship in port


Global Competition Heats Up

crowd waves US flags


Quarrels Over Right and Wrong