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U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech for incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, Houston, Texas, Oct. 22, 2018 (Photo by Yomiuri Shimbun for AP Images).

What Will the U.S. Midterm Elections Mean for Multilateralism?

Monday, Oct. 29, 2018

If you want to predict the future of international cooperation, you shouldn’t focus on multilateral hubs like New York and Geneva over the next two weeks. Instead, concentrate on Florida, Texas and Missouri. These are some of the states up for grabs in next week’s U.S. midterm elections. The polls could further reshape American and non-American policymakers’ visions of the future of the global system.

The U.S. Congress is one of the most significant players in multilateral affairs, for the simple reason that it signs off on an enormous chunk of international organizations’ budgets. Congress approved roughly $9 billion of funding to the United Nations system in the 2017 fiscal year. That is about one third of the total sum that the U.N. spends worldwide every year. ...

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