Foreign Policy

Our high weekend reads

The days of waiting for the results of the US presidential elections is still the hottest story in many countries around the world. Some foreign leaders have even voiced their concern over President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of election fraud. Whether or not the United States’ current fixation on the elections and the chaos they created would pose a national security threat remains to be determined.

Meanwhile, the recent wave of coronavirus bans in Europe has not come without popular backlash. But protesters don’t want less government intervention – they want more of it.

And – because we really can’t help each other – more reflections on the consequences of the elections from Florida to Yemen.

Here are Foreign policy Top weekend reads.

Counter-protesters discuss a supporter of US President Donald Trump at demonstrations outside the TCF Center in downtown Detroit on November 5. SETH HERALD / AFP via Getty Images

1. Does an indecisive US presidential election pose a threat to national security?

As the Trump administration files lawsuits and some states announce recounts, all eyes are on MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki and his voting card. But what about fears that opponents like China could use the chaotic US elections as a cover to move to Taiwan, for example? Emma Ashford and Matthew Kroenig discuss.

A demonstrator wearing a yellow vest, pot holders and a protective visor with the sign “500,000 euros dishes, that’s a lot of Brigitte masks”, faces gendarmes during a demonstration in Paris on July 14th. ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI / AFP via Getty Images

2. Europe doesn’t want locks. It wants government.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Europeans’ support for their governments has increased, possibly due to an impetus around the flag in times of crisis. Anti-lockdown protests are less of a stab in the state than a plea for more protection, writes Caroline de Gruyter.

Joe Biden speaks to US Navy generals ahead of a development meeting between Iraqi and US government officials and Sunni sheikhs in Ramadi, Iraq on September 6, 2007. John Moore / Getty Images

3. Trump promised to end America’s wars. Biden could actually do it.

Joe Biden has long been critical of Saudi Arabia. As president, he would likely not be able to completely stop arms exports to the country – largely due to the revenue they generate for the United States. But Biden could probably push Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to make real concessions on the war in Yemen, writes Anchal Vohra.

Supporters shout and wave flags as President Donald Trump’s motorcade leaves after the Latinos for Trump Roundtable on September 25 at Trump National Doral Miami Golf Resort in Doral, Florida. Marco Bello / AFP via Getty Images

4. Trump’s anti-communist foreign policy won over Florida Hispanics

As unfounded as Republican claims may be that a Biden Harris administration is synonymous with socialism, they have backed Trump votes among Florida’s Colombian, Cuban, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan communities – a rare group of people who are a top choice for foreign policy is a priority, writes Nancy San Martín.

US Senator Kamala Harris after she was introduced as his colleague in Wilmington, Delaware, on Aug. 12 by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Toni L. Sandys / The Washington Post via Getty Images

5. Biden and Harris could be bad news for India’s Modes

A Vice President Kamala Harris would be good for Indian Americans, but not necessarily for India. In contrast to Trump, Harris is deeply critical of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tough Bharatiya Janata party – and has spoken out publicly against members of his government, writes Salvatore Babones.

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