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Appeared in: Volume 4, Number 2
Published on: November 1, 2008
The Global Election

The 2008 U.S. presidential campaign has attracted wider and more intense interest worldwide than any in history. We asked observers from around the planet to report on what it all seems to mean.

The 2008 election campaign has generated more interest worldwide than any before it. With that in mind, The American Interest invited observers from around the world to report on how the campaign has been perceived in their countries. While we Americans alone will choose our next president, we can nevertheless gain critically useful self-knowledge by paying attention to what others think and say. As Robert Burns famously put it, “Oh, that God the gift would give us, to see ourselves as others see us.”

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