Contrary to popular opinion the world did not stop on November 8th. Children are still dying in Aleppo. Russia and China continue to expand their roles on the world stage. France is starting its own presidential campaign. Great Britain is still in a dither about Brexit. India and Pakistan continue to fight about Kashmir. World trouble spots still feed the flood of refugees into Europe. And Australian politics is still trying to find its lost identity.

While Donald Trump his opposition to Trump during the campaign, and his troubled team try to square the circle for the new administration the world has much more to face than who will be the next Secretary of State, or where Melania Trump will stay with her son.

The American public was so concentrated on the presidential campaign that many have lost sight of the challenges facing the country around the world.

World trouble spots

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un Kim Jong Un was recently in the #News will continue to destabilize Asia, and this will be the opportunity for the Chinese to further their expansionistic policies in the region. The conflicts within Islam will not disappear, and Turkey’s Erdogan continues to turn Kemal Ataturk’s dream of a modern secular Islamic state into a nightmare. With the death of Fidel Castro, Cuba must now find a new direction, and hard-line American rhetoric will do nothing to bring it back into the international community. This is only a small list of the world trouble spots that the new administration must face.

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Donald Trump must understand that the world will continue with or without him and that solutions must be found to problems that were also created due to the contributions of various American administrations in the past. Concentrating solely on internal issues will contribute nothing to America’s role on the world stage and will be damaging in the long term.

While some in America believe that it should be less international in its activities, I almost dare say isolationist in attitude, history has shown that this is not an option because sooner or later the international situation will directly hit the United States. This is the biggest challenge that faces Trump, the Senate, and Congress.

Domestic challenges

In addition the American political system must also begin thinking seriously about its future beyond the inauguration on January 20th next. The Democrats must look to rediscovering their identity and find a candidate for 2020 that will not split its voter base. The Republicans must look at themselves and consider whether or not they are a rubber stamp for the new President, or whether they will finally remember their past and defend the philosophies of what was once a truly great political party.

At the same time, both parties must recognize that the United States at present is an oxymoron and the whole political system must try and heal the many rifts within its society that emerged during the presidential campaign. Yet these are not the only challenges facing America that have been forgotten during the Transition.

The President-elect has the right to choose the staff that he thinks best, no matter what the criteria, but the Senate, in particular, has the duty to ensure that these choices that truly are in the best interest of the United States and its allies. These choices must reflect the best means to confront domestic and international situations that have been stagnant for too long and which will only be resolved by firm leadership and internationally together with the country’s allies.

The American public is right to believe that its leaders must think about them first, but it must also understand that the U.S. is a major player in international politics and must be involved in finding permanent solutions to situations that are also the cause of much of the unrest now unsettling many countries, including America itself. Are Trump and the country up to the challenge?