From relative indifference, to attentiveness rivaling Americans' own interest in the presidential election, people around the world are waiting to see who will lead the United States for the next four years.
Issues ranging from defense alliances (old and new), the winding down of a U.S.-led war, and the rebuilding of the global economy weigh on the minds of foreign observers in different ways.
In the pages ahead, CBS News journalists from around the world share insight into how Election 2012 is playing in the countries they cover. Each page begins with a headline from a prominent newspaper in the relavent country. Click the "Next" button above to begin.