Why The World Is Betting Against American Democracy

January 15, 2024

As voters cast ballots in the Iowa caucuses Monday, many in the United States see this year’s presidential election as a test of American democracy. “I don’t know if in the coming years people will be looking at the United States as a model for democracy,” a second Arab diplomat warned. There’s a growing sense among foreign diplomats that moral or national security arguments — about defending a country unjustly invaded, deterring Russia, preventing a bigger war in Europe and safeguarding democracy — don’t work on the American far-right. The diplomats’ countries don’t always have the same interests. “We’ve gone from a unipolar world that we’re familiar with from the 1990s into a multipolar world, but the key pole is still the United States.