The establishment of a 4 year term has been long established as the de facto precedent for term limits for a state/global influencer. It's cultural, and (perhaps a globally) integrated mindset.

That notwithstanding, I would like to focus on policy effectiveness.

Is there any research, or theory, that describes how international policy would be affected by adding (or subtracting) years to a president's tenure?

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    A cursory scan of the article you linked to suggests that five-year terms are rather more common than four-year terms. – phoog Mar 31 '17 at 18:49
  • Interestingly, if I recall correctly the Confederacy tried having a single 6 year term. Their foreign policy was somewhat dominated by the Civil War, though... – owjburnham Apr 13 '17 at 9:40

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