It could be argued that the world had been losing interest in U.S. politics. But, as Barack Obama’s administration gave way to Donald Trump, and the transactional ‘America First’ ideology he represents, the world looked to the United States again.
Could such a leader reignite wars in the Middle East? Start a new Cold War with China? Threaten the healthcare system that millions of Americans depend on? The answer, with the benefit of hindsight, is yes.
But questions like these are immeasurably complex. Between the electoral college, swing states and caucuses, there’s already enough jargon in U.S. politics to discourage many people from engaging with it.
So, let’s take a step back and break down the two most important questions: what is at stake in the 2020 presidential election? And what could it mean for the rest of the world?