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Series of round tables “Elections in the US. What is at stake?”

03/16/2016 to 12/19/2016

On the occasion of the US Presidential Elections that will take place on November 2016, the Fundación organizes together with Casa de América and Aspen Institute Spain a series of round tables under the title “Elections in the US. What is at stake?” with the aim of analysing in depth the development of the US electoral process paying special attention to the causes and consequences of the results of the primaries that have raised Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump as candidates to the Presidency.

The first meeting took place on 16 March and involved Al Goodman, CNN ex-correspondent in Spain, Pedro Rodríguez, professor at Univiersidad Pontificia de Comillas, Florentino Portero, full professor of Contemporary History at UNED (Distance Learning National University) and Iñaki Gil, journalist at El Mundo, who acted as moderator.

The second round table was held on 20 June and counted with the participation of Mo Elleithee, Executive Director of the Institute of Politics and Public Service at Georgetown University, Lluís Bassets, Associate Director of El País, and José María de Areilza, Secretary General of Aspen Institute Spain, all moderated by María Luisa Azpiazu, EFE Press Agency ex-correspondent in Washington, DC.

The third session, held on 27 October, brought together Mickey Edwards, former Republican Congressman and Vice-President of Aspen Institute, Elizabeth Sherman, professor at American University and the writer and essayist Jose María Marco. The round table was moderated in this occasion by David Blázquez, Program Manager of Aspen Institute España and co-author of “Americracia”, a blog on US politics for the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

The fourth session took place on 19 December under the Chatham House Rule. The title of this last session is “Possible scenarios after US election 2016 and Spain’s interests" and was divided in two round tables:

• National priorities and economic agenda. With the following main panelists: Manuel Muñiz, Director, Program on Transatlantic Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University and Paul Isbell, CAF Energy Fellow Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University SAIS. Fiona Maharg-Bravo, Breakingviews Reuters Columnist, acted as moderator.
• Foreign Policy and global challenges. With the participation of Julián Cubero, Lead Economist. Global modeling and long term analysis at BBVA Research and José M. de Areilza, Professor ofESADE and Secretary General of Aspen Institute España. The moderator was Iñaki Gil, Deputy Director of “El Mundo”.