My interest in politics crosses many borders and the past few years have yielded several opportunities to examine pre-election, during election and post-election activities, in the following:
- The 2015 Canadian federal election
- The 2016 United Kingdom Brexit vote
- The 2017 French federal election
- The 2017 United Kingdom federal election
- The 2017 British Columbia (Canada) provincial election.
I am surprised with the lack of consistent news here in the U.S. on these and other elections, usually there is limited notice prior to the election and a summary post-election and then the news seems to wane.
There are implications for the US as a result of other nation’s elections, governance system and leadership including:
- Economic (trade, tariffs, regulations and monetary exchange rates)
- Leadership (independent, collaborative or hybrid)
- Immigration (open or closed borders, national exchanges, policies and procedures)
- Defense (cross-border agreements, alliances and exchanges)
- Social (environment, freedom of movement and access)
- Energy (access and agreements)
- Tourism (safety, access, visa, restrictions and duration of visit)
At a time when we all seem to recognize that the world is shrinking and access to information worldwide is easier, I encourage us to better understand how national elections and decisions have impacts across borders. Corresponding competition and collaboration among nations can challenge existing structures and strategies therefore we should be more oriented to what is going on beyond our borders.
Tracking other nation’s elections is one salient strategy to stay current with international issues. In addition to tracking elections I also encourage us to examine post-election analyses (e.g., change in political party governance, voting patterns of youth and internal and external implications) and determine their impacts nationally and globally.