Countering the terrorist threat poses a massive challenge, including for the US to work with local governments that in some cases have abetted IS’s rise through repression, economic neglect, and corruption.
Politicians have failed to adapt their message to voters’ concerns that they are getting sidelined. That’s made it easy for populists to play on people’s concerns that they are losing control over their lives.
If Britain votes to exit the European Union, Washington would lose its key advocate for US interests within the bloc. But some argue that Brexit would strengthen Britain economically, making it a stronger ally.
Donald Trump has spoken against military interventionism and trade deals, putting him at odds with many Republicans. Hillary Clinton, sometimes called 'hawkish,' comes from a pre-Obama tradition that seems to be out of favor in the Democratic Party.
With only one G7 head of state attending, the UN summit underscores how much cheaper it would be if world leaders focused on ending conflicts, especially the war in Syria, rather than trying to deal with the enormous humanitarian crises that result.