Finnish Political Science Association is organizing a series of expert lectures in order to get a head start to the upcoming 2016 U.S. presidential elections. The objective is not only to familiarize ourselves with the electoral campaigns and a number of salient issues in elections, but to gain a deeper understanding of U.S. politics and political system. The speakers are among key experts in various fields of North American studies, political science, foreign relations, and communication. The lectures are organized in collaboration with the Faculty of Social Science (University of Helsinki), Center on US Politics and Power at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, the League of Finnish American Societies and U.S. Embassy Finland.

Senior Research Fellows at the Institute Anna Kronlund and Charly Salonius-Pasternak are both giving a lecture, and so is Programme Director Mika Aaltola.

Swedish School of Social Science, Snellmaninkatu 12, room 210.
13.1. 16–18 professor emeritus Markku Henriksson (University of Helsinki): What we need to learn from history to understand U.S. politics today?
20.1. 16–18 adjunct professor Markku Ruotsila (University of Helsinki): The Christian-Right and the Christian-Left in U.S. politics
27.1. 16–18 professor Katri Sieberg (University of Tampere): The political system of the United States (in a nutshell)
3.2. 16–18 senior research fellow Anna Kronlund (The Finnish Institute of International Affairs): Political decision-making culture in the United States (and U.S. Congress)
10.2. 16–18 PhD. Simo Virtanen: The role of Supreme Court in U.S. political system
17.2. 16–18 programme director Mika Aaltola (The Finnish Institute of International Affairs): The United States and world politics
24.2. 16–18 post-doctoral researcher Salla Huikuri (University of Helsinki): The United States and treaty making: International criminal law as an example
2.3. 16–18 managing director Alexandra Pasternak-Jackson (AmCham Finland): Economy in U.S. politics
9.3. 16–18 university lecturer Emilia Palonen (University of Helsinki): Populism in U.S. politics
16.3. 16–18 post-doctoral researcher Jyrki Ruohomäki (University of Tampere): Miten tähän tultiin? Vuoden 2016 presidentinvaalien pohjustus
23.3. 16–18 senior research fellow Charly Salonius-Pasternak (The Finnish Institute of International Affairs): Kaikki mitä tulee tietää 2016 vaaleista
30.3. 16–18 researcher Salla-Maaria Laaksonen (University of Helsinki): USA somettaa? Sosiaalinen media 2016 presidentinvaaleissa