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1 November 2020updated 03 Aug 2021 8:52am

US presidential election 2020: America in the world

The third of three dossiers of selected New Statesman pieces unpacking the race for the White House.

By New Statesman

With the US presidential election (as well as elections to the Senate and the House of Representatives) of 3 November nearing, all eyes are on the polls. Readers can check our results model and polling overview, both updated daily, on our US election hub here. And it is also the time to reflect on the events of the past four years, the significance of the choice between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and what America’s future has in store.

Over the past months, as part of its international expansion, the New Statesman has been covering the election campaign itself but also those big long-term subjects. So now, in the final days before election day, we are publishing a series of three dossiers of selected New Statesman pieces providing depth and perspective on those subjects.

This is the third and final dossier. It rounds off the series with an exploration of America in the world: its foreign policy, its relations with other powers and its role in global matters. The first focuses on American democracy: the ways the republic’s norms and institutions have been put under strain, the contest between Trump and Biden and the election campaign itself. The second surveys America beyond the beltway: the crucial swing states, the issues affecting Americans’ everyday lives and the mood on the ground.

Terminator Trump: Judgment Day

Sir Kim Darroch, former UK ambassador to the US, joins Emily Tamkin and Jeremy Cliffe on the New Statesman’s World Review podcast to discuss what the election means for the world.

The best reason to root for Joe Biden and celebrate if he wins? Climate change

By Jeremy Cliffe

Without the participation of the federal US government, achieving the Paris agreement’s goal is near inconceivable.

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American unreality

By John Gray

In breaking the link between politics and objective truth, the United States seeks to fashion a new world – but it is one built on shifting sands.

Why a Joe Biden win would be disastrous for Boris Johnson

By Martin Fletcher

The world stage will be a far lonelier place for the Prime Minister without Donald Trump in the White House.

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How Joe Biden’s foreign policy would not be a total departure from that of Donald Trump

By Jeremy Cliffe

If he triumphs in the election on 3 November, Biden’s approach could come as a rude awakening for some Europeans.

US-China economic integration shaped today’s world, but now it is going into reverse

By Jeremy Cliffe

A New Statesman Media Group special on the decoupling of America and China.

The End of America’s Forever Wars

Stephen Wertheim joins Emily Tamkin and Jeremy Cliffe on the New Statesman’s World Review podcast to discuss America’s “forever wars”.

Why a Joe Biden win is unlikely to improve relations between the US and China

By Emily Tamkin

Under Obama, Biden spoke of transforming Sino-American relations with trade – but now he talks of “getting tough” on China.

How US-China social ties are fraying as trade war rages

By Michael Goodier and Ido Vock

Data analysis by the New Statesman shows that travel, university enrollment and book translation is in decline.

How East Asia’s balance of power is shaping its US election stance

By James Chater

Both principles and pragmatism are at play in the region ahead of the presidential contest.

What would victory for Joe Biden in the US presidential election mean for Brexit?

By Emily Tamkin

The Democratic candidate’s commitment to the Good Friday Agreement is a matter of principle, not electoral politics.

Would Biden or Trump end America’s forever wars?

By Stephen Wertheim

The people of the United States are weary of military intervention abroad; they want their leaders to start fighting for them.

The decline in fossil fuel consumption will redraw the geopolitical map

By Jeremy Cliffe

How decarbonisation is already shifting US foreign policy.

Noam Chomsky: The world is at the most dangerous moment in human history

By George Eaton

The US professor warns that the climate crisis, the threat of nuclear war and rising authoritarianism mean the risk of human extinction has never been greater.

The Iranian Playbook

Ariane Tabatabai joins Emily Tamkin and Jeremy Cliffe on the New Statesman’s World Review podcast to discuss US-Iran relations.

Westlessness: how cracks within NATO signal a new balance of global power

By Jeremy Cliffe

It is easy to treat Trump as the cause of Western fragmentation. But it is much truer to consider him merely a symptom.

Trump v the CIA

By Emily Tamkin

The degradation of relations between the White House and America’s intelligence agencies should worry not just Americans but also their international allies.

The world to come: Revenge of the nation state

By Helen Thompson

For two decades, cheap labour in China drove consumer prices down. But when goods are produced in a world of fear and geopolitical rivalry, their origins, not just their cost, really matter.

Joaquin Castro interview: “Our foreign policy is due for a reckoning”

By Emily Tamkin

An interview with the prominent Congressman hoping to transform US foreign policy.

The India-China-US Triangle

Tanvi Madan joins Emily Tamkin and Jeremy Cliffe on the New Statesman’s World Review podcast to discuss America’s role in Asian geopolitics.