Global audiences are watching the film about the US presidential election with great interest, watching nervously to see how it plays out.
The multi-day drama is enchanting people all over the world, from political leaders to citizens on the streets, from major world powers to developing democracies.
Who wins the race will have an impact on governments around the world, with US global influence, sparking anxiety among leaders as they wait to see whether the Trump era will continue or a major one. new rights due joe BidenJoe BidenAides tried to get Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of clinging to Arizona: New Trump Campaign Law report targets late Georgia mailed ballots Rihanna urges officials to ‘count every vote ‘after Election Day:’ We’ll wait ‘MORE will take over in January.
Foreign officials are preparing for a second term below President TrumpDonald John TrumpAides tries to call on Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of besieging Arizona: officials report delayed vote counting could lead to flooding of misinformation New Trump campaign suit Spend on Georgia’s late incoming ballots MOREpeople they worry about may be more discouraged to attack Democratic institutions and turn their backs on global cooperation, or the Biden administration is likely to revert to foreign policy norms. familiar.
“It feels like over the past few years, we have had a lot of heavy metal from America,” said one European diplomat. “I think geopolitics will appreciate a bit of ease of listening for a while.”
The Biden administration, in the eyes of foreign allies, will bring a return to established norms, though some hope there will be the continuation of some aspects of the Trump administration, especially in the especially the acknowledgment of threats from China.
Democratic governments will also welcome the Biden administration’s push for reform at international organizations like the United Nations but with more participation instead of a full-blown denial from the Trump administration – withdrew from the Organization. World Health, threat of withdrawal from the World Trade Organization and antagonism with NATO.
One country where the election will have a significant impact is Israel, where the Prime Minister is Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE It is believed that the most benefits of any world leader have been reaped from his relationship with Trump.
Under the Trump administration, Netanyahu benefited from a series of reversed US policies: moving embassies to Jerusalem; officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; and set the stage for Israel to annex disputed territory in the West Bank without having to cede any territory to the Palestinians.
Those moves reinforced Netanyahu’s political position at home, as well as political influence over Trump, who has helped forge diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.
Biden has pledged to keep the US embassy in Jerusalem and welcomes normalized relations between Israel and the Muslim countries, but is likely to take a more aggressive action against Netanyahu in pushing Palestinians into talks. judges a two-state solution.
Arab and Gulf countries are also likely to be wary that Biden will seek to limit arms sales that the Trump administration is trying to promote amid normalization of relations with Israel. They are also concerned about Biden’s promise to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, albeit with stricter measures.
P. Terrence Hopmann, professor of International Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, said foreign policy discussions were never on the priority list of US voters and rarely attracts attention during the presidential campaign.
What that might look like for foreign leaders in the dark over the next four years.
“What either side’s plan is for the future is completely unclear,” Hopmann said.
Regardless of who will take power next year, the United States’ position on the world stage has declined significantly compared to Trump’s four years of “America First” foreign policy, characterized by rapid decision-making, policy by tweeting and increasing domestic conflict.
Kenneth Yalowitz, who served as the US ambassador to Belarus during the controversial and weekly 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreColorado passed a resolution to award electoral votes to anyone who wins the electoral votes Winner and loser of the 2020 election Fox’s Cavuto: Trump-Biden legal battle ‘could be sixfold times’ 2000 elections MORE.
“Everyone wants to see the results but is looking at us in a different way… wondering what will happen to our world leadership, who will take our place if any – that is Good time, ”he said.
However, some European leaders say that while they are concerned about Trump’s approach to international organizations, they have not seen a drastic change in foreign policy compared to the Obama administration. .
“In general, the policies have not turned 180 degrees,” said Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the US: “To be honest, I don’t see a big, drastic change between four years ago and now. hours. I see that in Washington, in Washington rhetoric, in personnel appointments in Washington, but it takes time – it’s a big ship, if you spin a big ship, it takes time. time to shoot ”.
A second European diplomat said relations between the US and Europe may be different in the future, due to the change in attitudes of both people, but underlining the importance of American involvement. .
“It’s a different relationship, but what’s important is that the US is there. Europeans want this relationship with America. Even if we don’t agree, we want this unique relationship ”.
At the citizen level, only 16% of the international population in more than a dozen Democrats trust Trump to “do the right thing in world affairs,” according to polls from Pew Research Center.
A UK voter survey found that residents there preferred Biden over Trump, with no British electorate preferring the president over the person who challenged him.
Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 epidemic, in which the United States is leading the world in the number of infections and deaths, has contributed to making the global community a negative view of America.
The president’s latest attacks on the election and accusations of unfounded fraud have also sparked criticism from abroad.
Observers of international elections refute Trump’s attacks during the vote counting process, his “intentional efforts” to undermine confidence in the election process and said they found no evidence of fraud, calling his allegations “unfounded. . “
Whoever wins the election is likely to face a divided Congress that creates more uncertainty in the foreign policy world.
“It will contribute to the feeling of ‘Where is the United States going?’ Is it so polarized, divided that it doesn’t play a leadership role? To me, that’s what it is, ”said Yalowitz.