"What is happening right now isn't an 'over there' problem—it's a 'right here' problem," Freedom House President Mike Abramowitz told Newsweek. "This is an American president and an American election, and that's what's so dangerous about it."
Residents of Tehran shared with Newsweek their hopes, fears and stories of fireworks in response to former Vice President Joe Biden's projected victory, a development they hope will end an era of crushing "maximum pressure" against Iran.
Russia and Iran support Syria's efforts to bring back refugees, but President Bashar al-Assad said sanctions and insurgents are making it difficult, especially as the country's economy suffers a deep crisis compounded by COVID-19.
Iran expects the United States not only to return to its international obligations under the nuclear deal, but to pay for its violations, and time may be running out for what's left the agreement.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called the move "unbelievably painful for me and our people" but said, "we will never recognize ourselves as the losers."
The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed Monday that one of its Mil Mi-24 gunships were downed by over-the-shoulder missile fire while accompanying a 102nd military base convoy near an Armenian village along the border with Azerbaijan.
"The Secret Service would escort him off, they would treat him like any old man who'd wandered on the property," one former official involved in the transition process between former President Barack Obama and Trump told Newsweek.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif set out for Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia, but the U.S. Western Hemisphere assistant secretary dismissed the trip, saying "their dealings together underscore their lack of legitimacy."
Esper is second only to commander-in-chief President Donald Trump himself when it comes to authority over the U.S. armed forces, even while election votes are counted.
As scrutiny surrounded a seemingly intractable U.S. election, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson criticized "the archaic nature of the relevant legislation and the lack of regulation in it on a number of fundamental points."
With no definite end in sight to the race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the world watches on, captivated yet with many hesitant to comment on the uncertain situation.
"Our enemies are facing a decline in power, and with each passing day, the slope of this decline is accelerating," Revolutionary Guard commander Major General Hossein Salami set beside a new missile launch system.
"Those who play with fire will get burned," People's Liberation Army Senior Colonel Wu Qian warned.
"It's just one metric but it sure looks like its drop correlated with a rise in Trump's odds of winning the election," Hudson Institute senior fellow Rebeccah Heinrichs told Newsweek.
One North Korean male was reportedly captured, but the high alert remained until the situation was investigated.
"What would be in the interest of both countries and their people is that U.S. government officials change their policy from one of aggression to a return to diplomacy," Venezuelan Vice Minister Carlos Ron Martínez told Newsweek.
Biden has vowed to restore the JCPOA, but some of Trump's actions are irreversible.
As the U.S. Navy trains with Australia, India and Japan to "deter all who challenge a free and open Indo-Pacific," China hopes these drills are "conducive to regional peace and stability, instead of working in the opposite way."
Japan and South Korea, U.S. allies in the post-World War II era, do not share President Donald Trump's tough anti-China position and have sought better ties with the People's Republic, even as major challenges persist.
"We understand the fatigue in America, but withdrawal must be measured and strategic in order to preserve the gains that Americans and Afghans have sacrificed so much for," Afghan ambassador Roya Rahmani told Newsweek.
"Russia does not interfere in the U.S. elections and would work with any future president of the United States chosen by the American people," Petr Svirin, spokesperson for Moscow's embassy in Washington, tells Newsweek.
Both China and Russia say they'll work with whomever the U.S. voters choose, but the winner will have to come to terms with an emerging Beijing-Moscow consensus.
"Should anyone dare to stir up a conflict on the sea, the Chinese side will fight back resolutely to safeguard its national sovereignty and security interests," Chinese Senior Colonel Wu Qian warned.
Israel's Brigadier General Ido Mizrachi told Newsweek "we have to be ready to operate against Hezbollah," which said the powerful Lebanese movement's forces are "always prepared" regardless of the IDF's massive military drills.
China and Pakistan are frustrated at warming U.S.-India defense ties, which threaten to upset the geopolitical balance of power in Asia.
"An uneasy situation remains on the western borders of the Union State," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said of NATO activities off of Russia and Belarus.
"Air defense units in the northwestern region have been strengthened and more will be added if needed," Iranian Army commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said.
"The U.S. has out-sanctioned itself," Iranian mission to the United Nations spokesperson Alireza Miryousefi told Newsweek after President Donald Trump's latest sanctions hit energy industries already subject to restrictions.
Up to 78 members of the Turkey-backed Faylaq al-Sham insurgent group were reportedly killed in a Russian attack in the renegade northwestern province of Idlib.
"Ukraine remains strictly committed to the policy of non-interference in internal affairs of other countries," the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry told Newsweek, emphasizing Russia was at the forefront of its concerns as the U.S. election approaches.