The United States is simultaneously facing a public health and economic crisis in an election year, and may also be facing a political crisis. Coronavirus pandemic and economic contraction have shaped the landscape of the current election. And a majority of Americans say that they are not confident that the election will be conducted fairly.
The nation has had transitions during political crises and economic crises. Lessons from previous transitions can be illustrative for the current environment. Navigating this extraordinary set of circumstances will require the president to consider lessons from what did and did not work during previous transitions. Some new US presidents focused on bringing the nation back together after a time of division. Others emphasized an entirely new “reform” direction.
How the next president responds to the crises will affect US global relationships in unprecedented ways. The virus and its aftermath; the economic choices we are making, and the stability of our political institutions are all affected by how the next president responds to the crisis.
What might happen next, in the time of Coronavirus and a US election year? And what will the global impact be?