By Joseph A Cari Jr
As an organization dedicated to democratizing global policy discussions and inviting dialogue across borders, our reporting aims to challenge the U.S.-centric gaze of so many of our peers. As a result it’s a rare occasion when we focus our commentary on domestic issues. And, as an organization committed to independence, we take seriously our nonpartisan mandate, instead focusing on the quality of our policy recommendations—not on political interests.
As a result, we could rationalize staying above the fray, averting our lens away from the U.S. elections and the current political and social climate in our country. Sometimes, however, the dangers are too great. History shows what happens when reasonable voices are drowned out by the sensationalism and rhetoric of a charismatic leader. This will not self-correct. This will not just go away.
We feel compelled to take a stronger position and to forcefully condemn the hateful, destructive speech we see in almost every segment of our society.
But it is not just the responsibility of organizations like World Policy Institute to take a stand. It is also up to U.S. citizens to demand better from their representatives. Donald Trump may be the first frontrunner in major political party to spew such hatred in the U.S. in many years, but globally, Trump is not the only ascendant xenophobic nationalist. Much of the rest of the world is more familiar with his type, and the U.S. can learn a great deal from their perspectives. The repercussions of a Trump presidency also would extend far beyond the U.S. border, making it all the more imperative to consider the ways in which international politics rest on the outcome of this election.
Today, our first piece in our series taking a global view on the U.S. election came from Mitchell Prather, considering the election’s implications for sub-Saharan Africa. Our second piece came from Jonathan Stubbs in the United Kingdom, which is facing its own momentous election this week and has been shocked by the horrific attack against one of its own political leaders in front of her home. Later this summer, we have writers lined up to provide additional perspectives from Singapore, India, France, and more. Taken together, our writers describe a world afraid of the possibility of a United States led and defined by hate.
If we really want America to be great, we need to hold political leaders accountable for their words and listen to the nations and peoples around the world who could be harmed by the outcome of this year’s elections.
Joseph A Cari Jr is chairman of the Board of Directors of World Policy Institute.
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