2:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

Past Event

The U.S. Presidential Election: Observations from the Outside Looking In

Thursday, October 23, 2008

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

The Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC

The U.S. presidential election is being closely watched by people around the world. Every campaign speech and presidential debate is fodder for blogs and evening newscasts from London to Singapore, from Buenos Aires to New Delhi. What do people in other countries think about the race for the White House? And what is their view of the key issues in the U.S. election?

On October 23, the Brookings Institution will host a panel discussion on the U.S. presidential election featuring the observations of political analysts from around the world. Along with their analysis of the election in the closing weeks of the campaign, the discussion will feature the perspectives from Europe and the Asia-Pacific.

Carlos Pascual, vice president and director of Foreign Policy at Brookings, will provide introductory remarks and will moderate the discussion. Pascual will be joined by Brookings Senior Fellow Justin Vaisse, who served as an advisor on the policy planning staff of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris; Visiting Fellow Keiko Iizuka, who is on leave from the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun where she serves as the deputy political editor; and Visiting Fellow Michael Fullilove, who also serves as director of the global issues program at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney, Australia. After the program, panelists will take audience questions.