How America could lose its allies | 2020 Election

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For 150 years, the US avoided formal alliances. It occasionally went to war -- fighting the War of 1812, the Spanish-American War, and World War I -- but did so without entangling itself in promises to other countries. Then, after World War II, it abruptly changed course, and began to build a network of alliances unlike anything that had come before.
Over the next few decades, the US used those alliances to keep countries around the world close, and to fight Soviet expansion, by making a promise that it would go to war if any of its allies were ever attacked. After the Soviet Union fell, the initial purpose of those alliances was gone, but the US recommitted to them, signaling again and again that the central promise of those relationships was still in effect. It kept doing so for the next 25 years.
Then the US elected a leader who took America’s global relationships in a new direction. President Trump was skeptical that America’s network of alliances was still beneficial to the US. He began to distance the US from those alliances, raising doubts about whether America would actually follow through on the promise at the core of them if provoked. Some allies moved closer to Russia or China, both of whom had attempted to undermine America’s alliances.
Today, the future of those alliances is on the ballot in the US. One of the major presidential candidates in the 2020 election wants to return the US to its former status with its allies; the other finds its decades-old alliances costly and cumbersome. The world is waiting to see which vision Americans prefer.
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  • Correction: At 2:26, our map of the Soviet Union includes Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia was never part of the USSR. This is the sixth episode of our 2020 US election series. You can watch all the other episodes now: 1) Climate change: 2) Voting rights: 3) Reproductive health: 4) Public schools: 5) Police reform: 6) America’s role in the world: 7) Transportation: 8) LGBTQ rights: 9) The eviction crisis: Thanks to everyone who responded to the callout and took the time to help make our reporting and our videos stronger.

    VoxVoxАй мурун
    • Not to nitpick but your map also included Albania. Albania was in a similar situation as Yugoslavia but instead of going it alone they drifted towards China

      A_HUMANA_HUMAN3 саат мурун
    • We had many allies before WWII.... Almost every point you make in this is false after 2 minutes of research.

      bobwillneverdiebobwillneverdie4 күн мурун
    • 2:26 also includes Poland and East Germany. Probably whole area meant be labelled Warsaw Pact, not Soviet Union.

      Jakub SkowronJakub Skowron5 күн мурун
    • USSR (Stalin) and SFRY (Tito) were enemies. They became friendly after Stalins' death

      VuleProductionsVuleProductions10 күн мурун
    • @Average Cuber hmmmmm, taking guns away from people does not increase safety. Better security? Seriously comes from education of people not adding more police Seriously, feed the more needy with food about to expire? Would YOU eat it? Go search how much money is being poured into obamacare each year with no solution to these diseases. Decrease food waste and general waste what a joke. How by exporting it to other countries? What obama did in 8 years of treaties was force to agendas on each country. And not exaclty for their benefit.

      Reish LionReish Lion12 күн мурун
  • The thing is America has gone weak but don't wanna admit.

    NoobclashNoobclashСаат мурун
  • Oh yea Biden wants to weaken our nation and shorten our military Trump brought American jobs and money back to America but China loves Biden so they released covid into the waters to crash trumps economy he built so nobody would vote for him

    Ryan GalvanRyan Galvan8 саат мурун
  • operation breaking usa begins

    raj luffyraj luffy16 саат мурун
  • Nobody won the Cold War. Each side just backed down. The only war that the US has won was its own

    Kenny RocheKenny Roche18 саат мурун
  • We dont need to be the worlds cop

    big Clevelandbig Cleveland19 саат мурун
  • America is back boys, Ridin' with Biden!😂🍾🎂🎉🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    FalconFalconКүн мурун
  • Who is here after Trump allowed the Biden transition to start, after 2 weeks of crying and screaming and being a sore loser😂😂

    FalconFalconКүн мурун
  • As a Korean, this was one of the biggest concerns regarding the november election.

    JKLJKLКүн мурун
  • America: ok we will help defend our allies Rest of the world: America is terrible, why do they police the world? Trump: okay it's time to start defending yourselves then World: surprised Pikachu face

    JoshJoshКүн мурун
  • Africa finding out there’s a big groupchat they’re not in: 👁👄👁

    Alex RiveraAlex RiveraКүн мурун
  • Still the most funny thing in history for me is France funding us and going completely broke

  • Trump was An Imposter 0 imposter remains victory : every other president

    2nd Reich2nd ReichКүн мурун
    • Edit: victory: every living human, even Trump himself*

      Alex SavastruAlex Savastru7 саат мурун
  • Ironic that the vietnam war didn't get a single mention

    Killer- AKiller- AКүн мурун
  • Wait a second...this video is sponsored by Absolut? Like the vodka company Absolut? What that you guys in mind would happen on election day? o.O

    thoebythoeby2 күн мурун
  • America (Trump): Hey Japan, you should spend more on your Military: Japan: *Visible Confusion* Constitution doesn’t allow for a Military and only a small defence force is allowed. America (Trump): Yeah but we’re losing money defending you. Japan: 👁👄👁 You literally forced us to write that in our constitution after WWII saying that American will protect Japan instead 😂

    Kuya LeinadKuya Leinad2 күн мурун
  • 0:08 trump is facing left but he is a republican

    Max GibsonMax Gibson2 күн мурун
  • Really confusing how you didn’t add Saudi Arabia since it’s their biggest ally and most important

    TNC Tornado YtTNC Tornado Yt2 күн мурун
  • Why should only America spend for other's protection ? Is it a charity?

    Kartik GuptaKartik Gupta2 күн мурун
  • Hey, the election is over. We lost...

    thomas aquinasthomas aquinas3 күн мурун
  • If I had watched this before knowing who won I would have been really scared of a world war 3, thank goodness

    Maxine Finn FoxenMaxine Finn Foxen3 күн мурун
  • “ used allies to prevent wars??” Sure.

    Alex MorenoAlex Moreno3 күн мурун
  • America's military force is powerful enough to counter Russia, China and North korea all at once. The citizens of Texas could probably stop an invasion from China before it ever hit San antonio. Lol

    boop poobboop poob3 күн мурун
  • Yes i feel chinese pressure in the philippines

    Clairechane UmapasClairechane Umapas3 күн мурун
  • Guess Vox doesn't want to include Taiwan in the circle huh

    Florisato LisoritonaroFlorisato Lisoritonaro3 күн мурун
    • Isn't Taiwan part of China?

      dead shotdead shot2 күн мурун
  • Mistake at 5:38, it did not bomb only Serbian forces, over 80% of bombes were droped on hospitals, buildings, factories, bridges, mines, schools...

    Lazar AndrejicLazar Andrejic3 күн мурун
  • I was so high I thought the title said 'How America could lose its aliens'

    M A K O *M A K O *3 күн мурун
  • Why my president left U.S.A😑

    PhillippinesPhillippines3 күн мурун
  • 0:19 oh no... i cant believe António Costa is not looking either... It doesnt mean anything for Portugal. No one here likes trump

    Bruno AlvesBruno Alves3 күн мурун
  • 8:08 Philippines 👁👄👁

    Dar JanelDar Janel4 күн мурун
  • As a mexican, i love how the US managed to battle all these countries and in the end, is the world power. And im glad i got a opportunity to move out to the US.

    CasasCasas4 күн мурун
  • This was something Islam did for 1200/1300 years, we created allies through faith and we dominated the majority of Asia, Africa, and some parts of Europe. And why Islam was successful in being the dominating force? Because we gave full protection to other believes too! Such as Christian, Jews, Hindu, and if any other faith existed. Even though these days we have Muslim majority countries such as in Africa and Asia, we have no unity sadly. If we can bring this unity again then we can have the power and power of Islam means the power of people and no other faith will ever go against Islamic policy if they are getting human rights doesn't matter what their religion is.

    Abir AhmedAbir Ahmed4 күн мурун
  • This video is fear mongering.

    Gardner SkiffGardner Skiff4 күн мурун
    • This comment is a brain washed trump supporter. Back in 2015: "a pandemic won't happen your fear mongering"

      Quartz QuillQuartz Quill3 күн мурун
  • Make a video on why America doesn't need allies when we can nuke anything

    MakooshMakoosh4 күн мурун
  • Lol we Americans don’t need allies. We are the greatest nation in the world.

    Billy BillyBilly Billy4 күн мурун
    • Yeah sure, America needs allies, the US is the most powerful, that just means the US has two more nukes than Russia, but in the rest the US is far from it

      dead shotdead shot2 күн мурун
  • We’re back it nato boys

    brok obooomerbrok obooomer4 күн мурун
  • RCEP is coming guyss

    YellowTsubasaYellowTsubasa4 күн мурун
  • How America could lose its allies? well, its simple Trump

    Ethan GatenbyEthan Gatenby4 күн мурун
  • The United States Government and the Deep State are TORTURING INNOCENT American Citizens and their PETS with MICROWAVE Weapons! Major Human Rights Violations happening on U.S. Soil.

    Jonathan GreenJonathan Green4 күн мурун
  • I'm glad trump put his foot down.

    Jag of JokesterJag of Jokester4 күн мурун
  • 4:05 "except for you kurds" - Trump (Probably)

    Kali ArnisKali Arnis4 күн мурун
  • Is it me or NATO began starting wars rather than preventing them? lol

    NJ MacionNJ Macion4 күн мурун
  • This is the best explanation techinique ever

    Aishve TorahAishve Torah4 күн мурун
  • What's the name of lady?

    Ankesh KukretyAnkesh Kukrety4 күн мурун
  • Who is the brave lady Can i see whole interviews of her

    Gold PrajapatiGold Prajapati4 күн мурун
  • I like Joe Biden beacuse he wants to bring back the alliance. And make other countries like the Philipines safe

    Prince PerezPrince Perez5 күн мурун
  • Trump got into presidency was a meme honestly. Like, all those decades of the previous US presidents holding up the American's standard and keeping a strong and great image of America, all got bamboozled by Trump.

    GentakyGentaky5 күн мурун
  • They should add india on that alliance to counter china huge population

    Tacos X AnimeTacos X Anime5 күн мурун
    • On alliance with US there comes a huge list of do's and don't s from the US and we don't need alliance of US we are self sufficient

      niraj pardeshiniraj pardeshi3 күн мурун
  • Russia and China are probably gonna rule them now they are way smarter

    šofro Crnogoracšofro Crnogorac5 күн мурун
    • Russia's population and economy is collapsing

      Alejandro Gacis-CusayAlejandro Gacis-Cusay5 күн мурун
    • They aren't tho

      Alejandro Gacis-CusayAlejandro Gacis-Cusay5 күн мурун
  • here it is why ww3 will exist next year

    AgatecraneAgatecrane5 күн мурун

    upsettingcordupsettingcord5 күн мурун
  • Amerexit!!

    The Real PerezThe Real Perez5 күн мурун
  • Its sad that our partnership is in question smh

    Carlos AlfaroCarlos Alfaro5 күн мурун
  • So what about the NSA global surveillance disclosures and the scandal when the USA spied on Germany?

    JanTubeJanTube5 күн мурун
  • United States remind me to drug lords. USA is the devil.

    Manuel Vargas MorenoManuel Vargas Moreno5 күн мурун
  • So Trump was not that Bad.

    Manuel Vargas MorenoManuel Vargas Moreno5 күн мурун
  • How to campaign without campaigning. Great tips for music directors

  • If American allies were to turn against America, would America really be able to defend itself?

    Anton LadanAnton Ladan5 күн мурун

      Hell KeeperHell Keeper5 күн мурун
    • There is even a video about if the world went against the usa

      Huan ZumanHuan Zuman5 күн мурун
    • Yes

      Huan ZumanHuan Zuman5 күн мурун
  • There was an idea, to bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if we could become something more but they don't pay us back

    Asif JamalAsif Jamal6 күн мурун
  • Vox: post WW2 is where us relationship with other nations first took place President Wilson: Am I a joke to you?

    No OneNo One6 күн мурун
  • Biden will be the one who ruins the great English speaking Alliance not Trump. Without allies, she's going to be vulnerable.

    _#Online - 90%__#Online - 90%_6 күн мурун
  • so basically america was smart with allies until people started not caring

    JhimothyJhimothy6 күн мурун
  • after election of chinise agent i think its end of american's superpower

    coś tamcoś tam6 күн мурун
  • stay safe&healthy earthlings L💕ve fr 🇵🇭 🙏☮️🌈

    Ennaej EamEnnaej Eam7 күн мурун
    • Pinoys her america enslaved her allied forces like philippines he predict that marcos was dictator but ferdinand was Intellect patriotic man who lives in Philippines.

      Jimmy BajaJimmy BajaКүн мурун
  • Good thing trump is gone in the white house now cause he is just a big joke. Here in the Philippines are president is choosing china over America now which is totally Discussting!

    Vergel PajarillagaVergel Pajarillaga7 күн мурун
  • And this is why President Trump is the balliest greatest President that US of A has ever had.

    Neil AspinallNeil Aspinall7 күн мурун
  • Problem is clear. Rulers from Europe spend their money on economy rather than army. They feel that USA is protecting them and can focus on economy,. They can grow and grow much bigger with time than USA. Donald Trump mad good move, made them scary that they may be left alone without any army against invading Russia. This move could work and make them spend more money on army but with Biden now whole plans just ended.

    Ar GoAr Go7 күн мурун
  • Ok Karen

    GunsiezGunsiez7 күн мурун
  • Let’s hope they do, hopefully America finally loses its influence and a new age will come.

    The Ba’athist Al AliThe Ba’athist Al Ali7 күн мурун
  • This guy Donald Trump has the brain sell count of a phone charger.

    CD_SilentCD_Silent7 күн мурун
  • Given our history together, I'd hope going forward we do everything we can to keep a strong alliance with Japan and Germany...

    Amanda :DAmanda :D8 күн мурун
  • america protects allies while allies buy made in china products. if you think you are smarter than trump then think again.

    just awayjust away8 күн мурун
  • Everyone's a gangsta until US and India 🇮🇳🇺🇸 comes together to form the most Powerful Alliance against China... It's my dream to see working with the Indians more closely.. 🤘🤘

    Subhir SinhaSubhir Sinha8 күн мурун
  • stephen walt be smilin'

    JM CadenasJM Cadenas8 күн мурун
  • japan siding with china is like south korea siding with north korea.

    PatrickgamezPatrickgamez8 күн мурун
  • After they salvage Africa they leave them out

    Glue StoneGlue Stone8 күн мурун
  • 10:34 why does Biden look angry in this picture lol

    Simpsons Fan988Simpsons Fan9888 күн мурун
  • We already lost most of our allies thanks to Trump, and we are looking at a more derailing economy soon.. Too bad

    Mario RubenMario Ruben8 күн мурун
    • Some people hate Trump simply because he points out that many leaders have no clothes on.

      Neil AspinallNeil Aspinall7 күн мурун
    • america protects allies from china, and allies buy made in china. if you think you are smarter than trump, think again

      just awayjust away8 күн мурун
    • allies are just free riding your military paid by your taxpayers. all the time while allies behave like your democrats who despise capitalism and like socialist policies like russia and china had during the cold war. america is truly in a disadvantage in this case, you should thank trump

      just awayjust away8 күн мурун
    • Investment differ but one thing I've learnt so far is expertise is required and always needed, so if you feel you have no idea of what to invest in you will be needing the help of a professional.

      Emiliano LucasEmiliano Lucas8 күн мурун
    • My first experience with Mr Gregory gave me the assurance that has made me invest without the fear of loosing

      TommybrysonTommybryson8 күн мурун
  • Should we Bring Latin America into NATO? No it’s better to induce militar dictatorships on all these countries to avoid communism!!!

    Rafael BittencourtRafael Bittencourt8 күн мурун
    • @Paix égalité et fraternité as if, stay mad

      Gorth SleeperofwomenGorth Sleeperofwomen4 күн мурун
    • @Gorth Sleeperofwomen lol says the country with extreme division and looks looks like it's of a civil war or a revolution

      Paix égalité et fraternitéPaix égalité et fraternité5 күн мурун
    • @Paix égalité et fraternité lol, stay mad, your nations inferiority is showing

      Gorth SleeperofwomenGorth Sleeperofwomen5 күн мурун
    • lol have you ever wondered why 1/4 of the world are 3rd world countries? USA can't do anything but illegally steal resources

      Paix égalité et fraternitéPaix égalité et fraternité5 күн мурун
    • Yes, Pinochet did nothing wrong

      Gorth SleeperofwomenGorth Sleeperofwomen8 күн мурун
  • Mmmm me watching this while eating nachos

    Patrick CachPatrick Cach8 күн мурун
  • 2 continents could lose all their allies??

    tapeabletapeable8 күн мурун
  • Um... Grand multi-national alliances were nothing new by the 40s. The entente and central powers of WW1 were both massive collective defense treaties and those treaties were a massive part of the spark that would become the wildfire known as WW1. But I guess since the US didn't get involved with that until 1918 (The same year the war ended) they wouldn't know much about that, because apparently, the United States has never heard of a history book... Or the Internet...

    Henry VIIIHenry VIII8 күн мурун
  • We already lost most of our allies thanks to Trump.

    James WiseJames Wise8 күн мурун
  • as much as i hate the cheeto and everything he represents, i can see a point in him being pressed like a panini 9:42

    Nico JiménezNico Jiménez8 күн мурун
  • *This video happened because of a photo of country leaders looking different ways...*

    malaysian animatormalaysian animator8 күн мурун
    • that was just a framing device

      matthew cobenmatthew coben8 күн мурун
  • i think we need to attack china because if we dont i think they will be attack usa and all of allies to the future world war3 i think only

    Kerby RanocoKerby Ranoco8 күн мурун
  • We had no problem about that we can change our government system into dictatorship America don't realized they are number 1 target hahaha hope the ocean will protect u haha China has nuclear they had man power an huge industrial Russia also had they control south east Asia and mid Asia they are building nuclear submarine and China aiming to double that numbers in 10 years they are building also huge aircraft carrier strenghten there capibility of strike and bombing someday u are all alone to face that trouble hahaha

    Jeaspense GordonJeaspense Gordon8 күн мурун
  • The pace at which China is spreading and strengthening its global influence is quite shocking. It may very well overtake the US

    윤현우윤현우9 күн мурун
  • its back.

    JaeJae9 күн мурун
  • Invading Middle east is the worst thing the US has done

    Shido8Shido89 күн мурун
  • Americas allies can’t afford to lose it. One reason we spend so much on defense is that we help defend many of our allies.

    John LaughlinJohn Laughlin9 күн мурун
    • Have you ever been helping the middle East and Africa against it's terrorisim and poverty and not lying and cheating on your allies for your own benefits?

      Paix égalité et fraternitéPaix égalité et fraternité5 күн мурун
  • I think in the future our children can see a lot of mushroom shaped cloud in the sky ,land ,and air What do you think

    Elite FF SquadronElite FF Squadron9 күн мурун
    • sky and air are the same

      EsuegletebEsuegleteb8 күн мурун
  • And all ended up with a fight at last

    Satya SwainSatya Swain9 күн мурун
  • Amazing, thats a pretty awesome way to look at it

    Kevin The DudeKevin The Dude10 күн мурун
  • Ummm trump did have a point 😬😬😬😬

    The AresThe Ares10 күн мурун
  • Why is there even war on this planet. Can't we just reboot the Earth or something?

    No One SpecialNo One Special10 күн мурун
    • @Kaleela Edwards I like the way you think ;)

      A Random Internet UserA Random Internet User3 күн мурун
    • There is war because of land and women.

      Neil AspinallNeil Aspinall7 күн мурун
    • Because of the fear of an imminent threat that comes in many forms. At least the things we have now is due to wars.

      Depthso ThensoDepthso Thenso7 күн мурун
    • The judge was gonna do it, but Janet just had to hide the button (Anyone get the reference?)

      Kaleela EdwardsKaleela Edwards8 күн мурун
  • Why does a simple photo of Trump looking in the opposite direction mean the break of it's allied relations? They're taking it too seriously for a mutated orange like him.

    A Random Soviet From The Cold WarA Random Soviet From The Cold War10 күн мурун
  • Join NATO for protection and safety from the United States, and it only cost your *protection from our enemies*

    Miguel IbarraMiguel Ibarra10 күн мурун
  • everybody that disliked are very likely chinese, russia, or trump supporters

    vuurkoningvuurkoning10 күн мурун
    • @vuurkoning as an american (actually came from Asia), I can say trump was a good president.. at brainwashing his suppirters at least And then claiming fraud when he loses the election

      Quartz QuillQuartz Quill3 күн мурун
    • @HW veteran luckely im not from the USA

      vuurkoningvuurkoning10 күн мурун
    • That means the USA Empire is falling.

      HW veteranHW veteran10 күн мурун
  • 3:03 No that is not entirely true. Protectorates, vassals, marches, etc existed for thousands of years. Even alliances to prevent a larger enemy from growing. Look it up. Even the in ancient Greece and even bronze age had it.

    AhmedAhmed10 күн мурун