US election and a major challenge for its new administration

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 04:30 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 214 times

The historic US presidential election is slated for Tuesday, the 8th of November. Both presidential hopefuls tried their best during electioneering to drum up public support for their hotly-contested race to the White House. The 2016 US presidential election campaign is viewed as unique in the American history based on some of its attributes. Throughout their campaign, the former Secretary of State and First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton and a New York billionaire, Donald Trump, played a blame game and often locked horns over key issues. Their finger-pointing reached an unprecedented level in the history of US presidential elections. 

 

The United States, as a global power, has a long experience of meddling in the elections of many countries. One of the concrete, palpable proofs to support this claim was the American interference in two Afghan presidential elections, as a result of one of which an unconstitutional dispensation under the national unity government was imposed on Afghans against their will. Likewise, the global player has influenced the elections of Honduras, Guatemala, Iran, Haiti, Congo, Indonesia and Vietnam over the last century. Meanwhile, the US itself was faced with such an intervention in its 2016 elections. Clinton has accused Donald Trump of enjoying Russian support in the election showdown, and claimed that Russians had hacked into her emails. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has also voiced its concern about the potential foreign interference in US election.  

American engagement in many countries has made the US elections matter to other nations besides Americans. Media outlets virtually all over the world cover the contentious election, and its results seem to be pivotal to them, too. 

The outcome of US presidential election may be more important for countries like Afghanistan, where the American war is still ongoing. The wrong US actions and policies in Afghanistan over the recent years have seriously damaged the country’s reputation here, and most Afghans believe that America is the root cause of all their woes. There are serious doubts about its murky intentions in various realms, from the fight against terrorism and narcotics to development and reconstruction affairs and to its interference in Afghan affairs. This skepticism now not limited to only Afghanistan will finally lead to the end of American unilateralism, which will be a great challenge for the future administration aside from other pressing issues. The new US administration should formulate its policies on global security, counterterrorism, counter-narcotics, human rights, and respect for national sovereignty of countries in a way that leaves no room for skepticism and conspiracy theories.