American voters are about to select their President. But presidential influence extends far beyond the borders of the United States.
The World’s Marco Werman is in London, speaking to people from across the planet about the US presidency and its effects on their lives.
In 2010 and 2011, the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ shook the status quo in North Africa and the Middle East.
Leaders in Tunisia and Egypt fell. In Libya, Muammar Gaddafi met his end in a grisly death.
The repercussions of those uprisings continue to reverberate, not least in Syria. And the United States, led by President Barack Obama, has modulated its response to regional change in different ways for different countries.
Marco speaks with two London-based Libyan writers, the novelist Ghazi Gheblawi and the poet Giuma Bukleb, about the role of the US presidency in their country’s dramatic revolution.
What they haven’t talked about much is the Middle East peace process. Peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians have ground to a halt.
The next US president will be faced with a conflict that has so far refuses to be resolved. But how much influence does the American president still have over Israel or the Palestinians?
The World’s Matthew Bell reports on the role the US president has played in the Middle East peace process. Read More>>