What the midterm elections will signal to the world

As American voters prepare to head to the polls on November 8th, the economy, Some of us are concerned about domestic issues like immigration and health care. Others are business, They worry about international issues like immigration and health care.

The truth is that most things are interconnected. What happens in this country interacts with the rest of the world.

Think about it: Health problems like COVID-19 cross national borders.

Climate change affects every citizen around the world, but approaches to it differ depending on national policy.

Immigration is an American problem, with immigrants from many countries flowing into the United States along the border with Mexico.

Inflation is not about what the Federal Reserve does with interest rates. It has to do with everything from chip shortages to the price of corn and a barrel of oil.

Election integrity is not only about the fair counting of domestic votes, but also Russian and foreign interference.

All this should stop pundits and voters referring to domestic and international affairs as separate subjects.

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Today we face so-called “intermediate” issues. When the results of the upcoming midterm elections become clear, Some things will change in America, and those changes will affect how the rest of the world views America and world affairs.

Take for example the war in Ukraine. We are already seeing partisan divisions emerge within the United States over the Biden administration’s approach to Russia and Ukraine.

Recently, Progressive Democrats sent a letter to President Biden criticizing our Ukraine policy, which he retracted after the news broke.

Some Republicans have begun to question U.S. policy toward Ukraine. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has suggested he could block additional defense and humanitarian aid to Ukraine if he becomes House speaker next year.

A tough midterm showing for Trump supporters could reinvigorate the “America First” approach the former president has touted.

Congress has a strong voice when it comes to military leaders; That means the makeup of the House and Senate determines how much support they have for responding to Russia’s actions, including the use of the “dirty bomb” or “dirty bomb” in Ukraine. Use of tactical nuclear weapons. How the United States and NATO responded to the escalation of war included how Congress and the executive branch defined what “war” meant.

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Committee assignments on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee could change on Capitol Hill and how quickly it will affect the rest of President Biden’s tenure.

China is another area where the Congress is vocal. To date, some bilateral agreements on US-China policy have emerged, including CHIPS and the Science and Infrastructure Act, both of which seek to strengthen US competition with China in areas such as semiconductors.

But the new Congress could reveal divisions within the parties over areas such as Taiwan or America’s stance in Asia.

Yes, The power of the wallet is key. Congress has budgetary authority over military spending, and it will reflect new attitudes depending on which members are elected. (In May, 57 House Republicans voted against $40 billion in aid to Ukraine. 11 Republicans voted against the measure in the Senate.)

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Congressional spending on everything from COVID vaccines in the developing world to sanctions against Russia could transform the U.S. economy. A Republican midterm victory in both the Senate and House would have ripple effects for Europe and NATO.

Finally, there are moral questions in this election. The United States is being evaluated in many parts of the world as a beacon of democracy. But that perception is under threat. Whether democracy is a theory or a practice; Whether or not America can claim ownership of it, the midterms will signal what Americans value and send a message about our national narrative and priorities.

Tara D. Sonenshine is the Edward R. Murrow Professor of the Practice of Government Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.


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