What’s at Stake for the World? Global Perspectives on the 2020 US Elections: Launching a CIPS Podcast Series

What’s at Stake for the World? Global Perspectives on the 2020 US Elections: Launching a CIPS Podcast Series


With the US as an all-powerful neighbour and main trading partner, Canadian analyses of the American elections are naturally focused on what’s at stake for Canada and Canadians.  But the November 2020 elections are also eagerly watched in other parts of the world, where the outcome is equally likely to have significant implications.


US elections always have repercussions well beyond its borders – for the global economy, for peace and security, for the environment and for multilateral cooperation. This is even more so with the forthcoming elections, when US voters face a choice not only between two very different presidential candidates but also between two very different worldviews. Accordingly, the elections are regularly described as ‘historic’, ‘unparalleled,’ and even ‘The Most Important Election. Ever.’


🎧Don’t miss CIPS special US Election podcast series: subscribe on iTunes or search CIPS POD in your podcast app🎧

Watch a trailer for the series here


To investigate what is at stake for the world, CIPS is pleased to launch a new series of podcasts that explores global perspectives on the 2020 elections. In each episode, an international relations expert from CIPS invites two guests to explore what’s at stake in their region or country, asking what to expect if there are four more years of Trumpian turmoil or if the Presidency passes to the Democrats. 

The second episode takes us to the African continent, when the conversation between CIPS Director Rita Abrahamsen, Comfort Ero from the International Crisis Group’s Africa Program and Gilbert Khadiagala from the University of the Witwatersrand explores not only President Trump’s lack of interest in Africa, but also the continuities of the United States’ Africa policies.

In the third episode, the host is Michael C. Williams and the focus is on the so-called ‘Special Relationship’ with the UK and Australia. After the transactional politics of President Trump, how special is the special relationship? How will it fare under a President Biden? We ask these questions, and more, to Michelle Bentley and Brendon O’Connor

It’s hard to talk about world politics these days without talking about China, and under President Trump tensions between the US and China have reached new heights. In the forth episode, Christopher Bishop invites Shan Huoang from China and Tosh Minohara from Japan to consider what the implications of the elections will be for their countries and the region more broadly.  

President Trump’s isolationist, ‘America First’ policies have sent shockwaves through international organizations  and multilateral forums. In the fifth episode, Alexandra Gheciu is joined by Rebecca Adler-Nissen and James Sperling to discuss the impact of the Trump Presidency on the EU and NATO, and to ask what the future holds for these two organizations depending on who becomes the 46th President of the United States.

The Middle East has had a turbulent relationship with the US, and it is an understatement to say that the Trump Administration has done much to change this. In the sixth and final episode, Thomas Juneau asks what’s at stake for the Middle East in the forthcoming elections.  His guests are Farea al-Muslimi and Dina Esfandiary, who together provide a thought-provoking and comprehensive analysis of the region’s past, present and future relationship with the US.

The November ballot may not be ‘The Most Important Election. Ever.’ But our podcast series leaves little doubt that the stakes are high.  Listen in! To make sure you don’t miss a single episode, subscribe on iTunes or search CIPS POD in your podcast app.


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