As they watch the 2016 presidential primaries, global leaders are questioning what the rhetoric might mean for US leadership in the world. Faced with a fraught and complex geopolitical environment, the next president must decide whether America should assertively defend its liberal, democratic values, or scale-back its foreign commitments. What are the risks of retrenchment? And what appetite does the American public have for assuming the responsibilities and costs of global leadership? With a look ahead to the general election the coauthors of a recent World Economic Forum whitepaper will explore America’s role in the world.