The Republican Party’s candidate for the American presidency, Donald Trump, is clearly not the GOP establishment’s first choice. As we outside observers await the election of the next American president, we can only hope he or she will set an example of respect and compassion for their country, and also bring wise, courageous leadership to the global stage. He won his party’s nomination because he was by far the most popular choice among Republican primary voters. On the other hand, the centrist Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, is clearly an establishment candidate. Still, to clinch her party’s nomination, she had to combat a strong challenge from Senator Bernie Sanders, a declared socialist whose political leanings are far left of hers, and whose message resonated particularly among younger primary voters. Many countries are justifiably worried that a Trump administration would not appreciate the complexity of global issues, and would recklessly disrupt existing strategic alliances. So far, the two candidates seem to be focusing less on policy alternatives and more on their opponent’s character flaws: the Clinton campaign describes Trump as lacking the appropriate temperament, knowledge, and experience to be president, and the Trump campaign portrays Clinton as a corrupt political opportunist.