From the Editor

For as long as I can remember, the United States has seen itself as a beacon of democracy, one that the rest of the world would do well to emulate

The World Today Published 5 October 2020 1 minute READ

Alan Philps

Former Editor, The World Today, Communications and Publishing

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.

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