June 07, 2008
American Elections & MENA: Extraordinary Interest
I have resisted the temptation to post about the American elections to date, as it would appear every other blog is doing so and as there was no special insight to bring. Prompted by observations made by some Latin American investors on a visit, and with reference to this sort of observation from the Financial Times on international interest in the election, it seems worthwhile to comment on the Latin Americans' own remarks that the North Africans business and financial persons they were meeting showed an intense interest in the US elections, unparalleled in Latin America. A banal observation, to be sure, but an excuse to reflect on what is indeed intense interest.
Rather obviously driven of course by the degree to which the MENA region has been in the limelight the past seven years and the degree to which there is universal feeling that America has had a particularly destructive influence in this period. Right or wrong, these sentiments are well nigh universal, a striking change from merely ten years ago.
I should mention I have not encountered a single person however that believes that Obama is a Muslim, which actually surprises me given the Ikhouan types tendency to believe the most silly things about conversions outside the Islamic world...
Posted by The Lounsbury at June 7, 2008 09:38 AM
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Impression I get over here is that the rest of the world is sitting in suspended fascination.
Of course, from here it's pretty easy to get the impression that the world revolves around the US all the time.
Posted by: pantom at June 7, 2008 11:46 AM
In this instance, the impression would be correct. Can't go anywhere without people, Expat and local, obsessing about the issue.
Given the outsized impact in region of the US, of course, this is quite natural.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at June 7, 2008 07:46 PM