America after the Elections Dealing with Global and Domestic Challenges and Opportunities


Ti 25.10.2016 klo 9:30-12:00
Aleksanterinkatu 44, 2nd floor, Helsinki

The US presidential and congressional elections on November 8 will take place in an international security environment characterized by multiple and diverse threats, and following the most bitter campaign in recent memory. While domestic issues -- and the personalities of the two candidates -- have dominated the campaign, there have also been sharp divisions over foreign and security policy issues. Whoever wins control of the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives, America will need to deal with a range of short- and long-term international challenges. including an assertive Russia, rising Chinese power, and dangerous and unpredictable state and non-state actors elsewhere in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. The campaign also has helped to shine a spotlight on US domestic issues, ranging from immigration, justice, and race to the role of money in politics, that will continue to reverberate through the political system for years to come. What are the main geo-strategic challenges to be faced by the new Administration when it takes office on January 20th? Where can the new US president play a decisive role in foreign and defense policy, and where are congressional and public opinion constraints likely to be most important? Is the polarization evident in many areas of domestic policy likely to grow more or less acute in the coming years? How can determined non-government organizations bring about reform in the US political and judicial systems?

Speakers: Walter B. Slocombe, Senior Counsel, Caplin & Drysdale’s Washington D.C. office

Nicole Austin-Hillery, Director and Counsel, The Brennan Center for Justice, Washington D.C. Office

Leo Michel, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Chair: Teija Tiilikainen, Director, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

For further information, please contact: Marie-Louise Hindsberg, tel. +358 9 432 7712,