The 2020 Presidential election is set to become one of the most consequential in United States history. The Rothermere American Institute’s America Decides series will bring together journalists, political scientists, historians, pollsters, and diplomats to distil the critical issues at stake and provide a credible and reasoned discussion.
Held three weeks out from the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, this event saw our expert panel survey the real state of the race. Who was up and who was down? What would the effect of early voting be? How were demographic shifts affecting electoral outcomes? How important would turnout prove, and what were the early indications as to who was (and was not) turning out to vote? How impactful had the Presidential debates been? What was the state of House and Senate races?
For this first panel in our election series, the RAI was delighted to welcome David Wasserman, House Editor for the Cook Political Report; Samara Klar, Associate Professor in Politics from the University of Arizona; and legendary New York Times journalist Thomas Edsall. The event was chaired and moderated by RAI Director, Professor Adam Smith.
Calls for racial justice have reverberated across the United States in 2020. They have permeated mainstream discourse and will have a significant impact on the 2020 Presidential election. Our panel discussed the current state of racial politics in the United States, with a particular focus on African Americans, Muslim Americans, and Native Americans.
For this event we welcomed Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Wesley Lowery, Michigan State political scientist Nazita Lajevardi, and Maria Givens from the Native American Agricultural Fund.
As a once-in-a-lifetime election campaign nears its end, still so many questions remain unanswered. The largest question, of course, is who will win. But beyond that, other questions – such as projected turnout, the impact of mail-in voting, and the importance of ‘Never Trump’ Republican groups, remain outstanding. To answer these questions and more, the RAI is pleased to host one of the most respected data-driven journalists and two political consultants with significant experience in presidential campaigns.
We are delighted to welcome FiveThirtyEight senior political writer Clare Malone as well as two well-renowned political consultants from different sides of the aisle, Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy. The event will be chaired by RAI Director, Professor Adam Smith.
In this special election-eve event, please join some of the RAI's graduate students and early career researchers as they discuss the intersection between their area of research expertise and the 2020 election.
Dr Emma Day on women's issues
Dr Rivers Gambrell on sport and the presidency
Ella St George Carey on Evangelics and the Kanye West presidential campaign
Joseph Guido on African foreign policy
Dr Daniel Rowe on trade
Grace Mallon on the 'revolution of 1800' and the presidential transfer of power
All American presidential elections have global consequences. The 2020 election – held against the background of a global pandemic, a looming climate catastrophe, and a fundamental weakening of international institutions – however, is particularly striking for its global impact. What will be the likely consequences of the continuation of an ‘America First’ foreign policy under a re-elected President Trump, or a President Biden’s plans to ‘once more place America at the head of the table’? And where does the ‘Special Relationship’ sit in both visions?
To discuss these issues, the Rothermere American Institute is delighted to welcome the former British Ambassador to the US Lord Darroch of Kew, former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to President Barack Obama Amy Pope, and transatlantic historian Jay Sexton from the University of Missouri.