ELECTION 2016

America and the World

The 2016 presidential election is one of the most consequential of our time. This fall, the Council has been engaging the public and thought leaders – through live programming and original digital content – in a dialogue on the critical issues shaping the election and the future of America’s role in the world.

New Administration, Challenges Ahead.

Following the election, we asked Council experts what global issue should be a top priority for President-elect Trump. Hear their thoughts in this new video, and also listen to our Deep Dish podcast discussion on the role globalization and trade played in the election.

Council Experts Election Reaction

Deep Dish: The US Election and the Global Economy

What Do You Think?

We asked people on the streets of Chicago what global issues are most critical to 2016 presidential election. Watch videos of their responses below, and let us know what global issue affected your vote and what you think America's role in the world should be. Then check out the results.

Kevin M.

"Probably the Trans-Pacific trade agreement. I've heard that there is...I've heard it's going to cause a lot of issues as far as jobs leaving the country."

Joanne K.

"The management of immigration, moving populations. Minority diasporas, coming not only from the Middle East, but from Latin America."

Hank F.

"I think it's probably going to be economical. Primarily since I'm a recent graduate, I'm looking for work."

Glen G.

"Energy policy. [Why is that?] Because I think we have the opportunity here in the states to be self-sustaining on energy. And I think it's really important."

Saffa K.

"As a Muslim, obviously I'm impacted by decisions based on that. The current, refugee—atmosphere about the refugee crisis is definitely something that I care about."

Eric M.

"The biggest issue that I have globally—globalization—is that we are not educating our population to compete globally."

Lindell R.

"My profession is architecture, and so right now, we have this shift toward being more globally aware. And with the constant change in climate we have to impact the world by changing how we approach building design, and everything."

Tami M.

"I guess, I don't want the next president to be an isolationist. I want them to realize we're part of the global community. We're a leader."

Saleem S.

"The largest issue that is certainly front and foremost in my mind—is our large, global military footprint. Which is expressing itself not just in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also, in a growing way in Syria, and the wider lands spreading west of Iraq."

Rosanne D.

"Well I think global warming is very, very serious. And I think that international relationships need to be carefully worked on."

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Lindell R.

"I think we should stand as a leader, and not just look at our domestic issues, but also look into foreign issues and how we can assist. But not try to overpower, and try and take control."

Jasmine C.

"I mean, I do think we should help out others but we also have problems here, in America, that we need to solve."

Eric M.

"One thing that we have learned from the 2008 collapse is that everything is connected. So, our contribution or our part should be collectively trying to work to make the world better, rather than compete and isolate against each other."

Kevin M.

"We definitely need to be a productive member of the world economy, that uses whatever influence we have to hopefully promote more social...social good."

Saffa K.

"As a Muslim, obviously I'm impacted by decisions based on that. The current, refugee—atmosphere about the refugee crisis is definitely something that I care about."

Eric M.

"The biggest issue that I have globally—globalization—is that we are not educating our population to compete globally."

Joanne K.

"As a role model, we had a period where America really took—right after World War II and the creation of Bretton Woods—we had a clear leadership of not only would this be beneficial for America but for the other surrounding countries in order to build each other up globally not just build themselves up globally."

Jabare N.

"America should just continue to be great and help any other country that needs it, if we have it to help."

Saffa K.

"We take it for granted that a lot of people look towards America and look up to America and we are slightly losing our footing in that respect."

Hank F.

"I think our primary goal, other than like, our military power, should be humanitarian aid."

Saleem S.

"A trusted adviser, as opposed to the local cop."

Tami M.

"I think we should be a leader, yet, cognizant of other cultures and other beliefs, and, what is right for us doesn't necessarily mean it's right for another country and their people."

Glen G.

"I think we should be a world leader and real involved. And I think that the world looks to us for leadership—in regard, from environment to military to peace."

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What Global Issue Affected Your Vote This Fall?

Immigration
50%
Trade
15%
Employment
1%
Energy Policy
4%
Globalization
15%
Global Warming
15%

What Do You Think America's Role in the World Should Be?

Leader on foreign issues
35%
Leader, but focus on domestic issues first
25%
Leader, but culturally cognizant
20%
Trusted advisor, not police
20%

Election 2016: America and the World

The Council’s unique election-related content has engaged a wide variety of perspectives to foster and encourage the exchange of ideas on a range of critical global issues. As the country transitions to a new administation over the coming months, we will continue to add new content that offers policy-relevant analysis and solutions on a range of issues the next president will face.