As Rachel Kleinfeld writes, the country is now so polarized that whoever wins the presidential election in November, the outcome will be widely contested. For a country with an armed and angry population, the US constitutional set-up faces a challenge unseen in modern times.

After three years of receiving scant respect from Donald Trump, many of America’s allies will be quietly cheering for Joe Biden, the Democratic challenger.

But has he got what it takes to be elected, asks Claire Yorke. But for the pandemic, the world would be looking towards the climate change summit which was to be held in Glasgow in November and is now postponed until next year.

Our contributors outline the need for a green recovery from the pandemic to help the world’s poorest and explain what Britain as host of the summit will do to encourage other countries to cut emissions. We also look at the alarming rise of disinformation that has accompanied the coronavirus.

Katia Glod in Minsk examines the protests against the 26-year dictatorship in Belarus and finds an unexpectedly vibrant sense of national consciousness.

This is the centenary year of Chatham House and the 75th anniversary of The World Today and we have three pieces to mark the occasion: a tribute to Eduardo Mondlane who led the independence of Mozambique until he was killed by a parcel bomb, a sketch of Mondlane's speech to Chatham House, and reelections by our correspondent in Brazil in the 1960s on the political role, then and now, of the army and religion.