The world is a vastly different place today than it was four years ago; so too are America’s relations with allies, adversaries, and institutions. Whoever wins next week’s presidential election will face an ongoing pandemic and the economic and social devastation it has brought, persistent conflicts in the Middle East, deeply strained relations with Europe, and a worsening climate crisis. He’ll face opportunities, too, including the chance to make highly consequential and hopefully constructive choices on China, international trade, and post-COVID recovery. He’ll have alliances that remain intact albeit frayed, and a highly capable U.S. military that has been successfully reorienting toward stronger deterrence of China and Russia.
The next president, whoever he is, will need smart, specific, actionable policy ideas at his fingertips to navigate a fraught international environment. Here, Brookings Foreign Policy experts offer 19 concrete ideas. For literally hundreds more, check out all our research.
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January 3, 2020
David G. Victor, Todd Stern, Sahil Ali, Jeffrey Ball, Rick Duke, Samantha Gross, Christina Kwauk, Nathan Hultman, Jenny Schuetz, Rahul Tongia
September 19, 2019
Ted Reinert, Thomas Wright, Constanze Stelzenmüller, Célia Belin, Giovanna De Maio, Molly Montgomery, Amanda Sloat
May 28, 2019