A Most Unusual Race: The U.S. Presidential Election 2016, October 3rd

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 Whatever else one would like to say about it, the race for the world’s most powerful position leading up to the U.S. presidential election this year has been unusual: unprecedented in American history, many would agree.

Yet, the factors that make it unprecedented are not new developments: the perception of a political system that is no longer serving the people, rather driven by a globalized political-economic elite; the shifting of demographics and the perception of the white middle class that it is being left behind; the paranoia of a post 9/11 America. The suggestion has even been made that the startling twist in U.S. politics today is the manifestation of America’s long-standing and ever-intensifying love affair with televised entertainment.

In Europe many shake their heads at events in the U.S., where some see echoes of history in a dangerous experiment with the idea of a savior and hatred-inciting politics. Yet, events in the U.S. are consistent with events outside of it. The world is seeing a tide of change, a turning away from the ‘oger’ of globalism, and a turning back to the haven of national identity.

Our panel examines the underlying factors in the drama playing itself out on the American political stage, and considers the implications not only for American politics but also for Sweden and Europe.

Our panel:

Dag Blanck, Professor of North American Studies, Uppsala University, Director, Swedish Institute for North American Studies, www.engelska.uu.se/sinas

Nicole Clifford, Fellow of the Stockholm Free World Forum and former GOP Congressional staffer

Steven Schier, Professor of Political Science, Carleton College, Minnesota, USA

Elizabeth Wallentin, US-Sweden Public Relations expert and founder of Crimson Clarke, www.crimsonclarke.se

Olle Wästberg, Former Swedish Consul in New York and former General Director for the Swedish Institute, www.wastberg.nu

Moderator: Julie Lindahl, President, The American Club of Sweden, www.julielindahl.com

When: 18.00 – 20.30 on October 3, 2016 (doors open 17.40), Forum discussion 18.00-19.30, mingle with light refreshments 19.30-20.30

Where: Hilton Slussen Hotel, Stockholm

Registration: Entrance to our Intercultural Forum is 100kr for members, 150kr for
guests and 50kr for students.  Payment can be made when registering online:

Inquiries can be sent to
events@americanclub.se

Welcome to Sweden Vice President Biden, August 24-25th

 

The White House
Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release

Vice President Joe Biden to Travel to Latvia, Turkey and Sweden

On August 22-25, 2016, the Vice President will travel to Riga, Latvia, Ankara, Turkey and Stockholm, Sweden.

While in Riga, the Vice President will participate in a summit with the leaders of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.  He will also participate in bilateral meetings with President Raimonds Vējonis and Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis of Latvia. The Vice President will also deliver a speech to the Baltic people.

While in Ankara, the Vice President will meet with President Erdogan and Prime Minister Yildirim to discuss the U.S.-Turkey relationship and a range of issues of importance to both nations. 

While in Stockholm, the Vice President will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven as well as attend a meeting on energy security.

Additional details forthcoming.