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Why the world's eyes are on the US presidential debate

A key factor driving global interest is the high salience of foreign policy and security  issues in the election campaign.

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DIVISIVE MATTERS: Partisan splits on foreign and security issues will reinforce high rates of political polarisation in the US electorate, and also global interest in the race. 

THIS Monday's first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be eagerly watched not just in the United States, but right across the globe. Given the major differences, and the large stakes in play, international audiences are showing a very keen interest in the election