The next US presidential elections to be held in November 2016 have raised a lot of interests also in Finland. Considerably long-term campaign period, unique settings of candidates and primary election system bring their own characteristics to the elections and their following. The US political system is often considered well-known, but the special features of the system are not that apparent or well understood.

Researchers of Center on US Politics and Power at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs will tackle the presidential elections and topical US politics related questions from their point of view in a series of FIIA columns. The columns represent the personal views of the authors.

Mika Aaltola: Plays for US presidency are increasingly based on dramatic appeal, 26 October 2015

Anna Kronlund: New Speaker for the US House of Representatives, 2 November 2015

Michael Haltzel: “I think the adults are beginning to take over“, 12 November 2015.

Katja Creutz: “Will Obama keep his promise to close Guantánamo?“, 26 November 2015.

Charly Salonius-Pasternak: The many and extreme candidates of GOP, 15 December 2015.

Anna Kronlund: 2016 – A year of congressional elections as well, 18 January 2016.

Carrie Weintraub: The Iowa Caucuses 2016 – What do they mean?, 28 January 2016.

Carrie Weintraub: How do the Iowa caucuses work?, 1 February 2016.

Carrie Weintraub: Momentum from Iowa Caucuses Propels the Candidates into New Hampshire, 2 February 2016.