US President Donald Trump isn’t the first world leader to try to steal an election, but he may be the leader to have received the slightest international backlash. While Trump works to undermine American democracy, most of the world’s leading pro-democracy bodies – from the European Union to the United Nations – have remained silent.
As Switzerland becomes one of the worst COVID-19 hotspots in the world, staff and diplomats at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva fear the organization will struggle to keep the coronavirus at bay at personal peace conferences later this month.
And liberal Chinese Americans are fighting back against the racism and false news that have dominated Chinese-language social media this US election cycle.
Here are Foreign policy‘s top weekend reads.
1. America’s Democracy Downgrade
Far more worrying than President Donald Trump’s refusal to allow the US election is the world’s failure to condemn Trump’s actions and call him for what he is – a sore loser and angry autocrat, writes Nic Cheeseman.
2. UN peace making in the age of the plague
COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Geneva, the seat of the United Nations European headquarters. But the organization is pushing ahead with its peace conference plans and fueling concerns about a major outbreak. Foreign policyColum Lynch reports.
3. Biden’s Putin Challenge
Too often Washington seems to want better relations with Moscow than Moscow does with Washington. In January, US President-elect Joe Biden shouldn’t make this mistake, writes David J. Kramer.
4. Liberal Chinese Americans are fighting right-wing WeChat disinformation
Sino-American liberal voices have taken the WeChat battlefield to balance right-wing conspiracy content and engaged a minority bloc that has increasingly exerted influence in US elections, writes Shen Lu.
5. Biden’s priority in Africa should be debt relief
Africa’s debts, which have gotten into crisis areas as a result of the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, threaten to push the continent further into China’s hands – unless Western powers intervene, writes Theodore Murphy.