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50/16: After Obama
US Presidential Elections 2016 and their (global) impact

A conference for SEK II students

at the Protestant Academy Loccum, August 8-10, 2016

In cooperation with Amerikazentrum Hamburg

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This November, the United States of America will elect a new President. Having served for eight years, President Barack Obama cannot run for office again. The current primaries and caucuses – the process by which the Republicans and Democrats each select their top candidate – and the upcoming general election are drawing great interest from the international community, including here in Germany.

Above all, Europe is concerned with who will come after President Obama and what the new President will mean for U.S. foreign policy. In the confrontation with Russia, the ongoing war in Syria, and the current refugee situation in the Middle East, the expectations for U.S. leadership as a global stabilizing power are high. However, foreign policy does not decide an U.S. election; and, even more than the voter, the financial and logistical resources of the candidates are important in determining electoral success. There are considerable differences between the electoral processes and party systems in the U.S. and Germany. Top domestic issues in the current U.S. election include: the job market and social policy, immigration, and – particularly this election year – the increasing distrust and criticism of the political establishment in Washington, D.C.

Where does the U.S. currently stand? Which candidate might win the race for the presidency? What does all this mean for the transatlantic relationship between the U.S. and Germany? Given the enormous political decisions and global challenges facing the world community today, it is vital for young people to understand changes in U.S. policy and to attentively follow the U.S. Presidential Election as it unfolds.

Simone Schad-Smith, Studienleiterin, Ev. Akademie Loccum
Manfred Strack, Amerikazentrum Hamburg


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Monday, 8th of August, 2016

Official welcome and introduction
Simone Schad-Smith, Evangelische Akademie Loccum
Manfred Strack, Amerikazentrum Hamburg

What do you know about the USA?
Thematic overview and a meet and greet

The USA before the elections
What kind of social, political and economic challenges does the US face? Which topics will be deciding factors in the elections?

How do the Presidential Elections work in the USA?

Introduction in two parts by Prof. Dr. Paul S. Rundquist, Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Introduction to the simulation game
Explanation of course schedule and group formation
Björn Warkalla and team, planpolitik, Berlin

Tuesday, 9th of August, 2016

Challenges and main topics of the 2016 Presidential Elections
Workshops preparing the simulation game

WS1: Domestic policy
Prof. Dr. Christian Lammert, Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Freie Universität Berlin

WS2: Foreign and security policies
Dr. Curd Knüpfer, Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Freie Universität Berlin

WS3: Economic and labor market policies
Dr. Oliver Ziegler, U.S. Embassy, Berlin

WS4: Conservatism and religious fundamentalism
Prof. Dr. Paul Rundquist, Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg

“US president wanted - A simulated election campaign in the fight for the White House”
Start of the simulation game: Presidential primaries

Game facilitators:
Björn Warkalla and team, planpolitik, Berlin
Candidate advice and coaching:
Prof. Dr. Paul S. Rundquist, Prof. Dr. Christian Lammert and Dr. Curd Knüpfer

Continuation of the simulation game:
Primaries and nomination of the candidates

Continuation of the simulation game:
Presidential election campaigns
TV debates Presidential election

Election celebration and American Barbecue

Wednesday, 10th of August, 2016

Evaluation of the simulation game
Björn Warkalla, planpolitik, Berlin

After Obama – the US Presidential Elections and their impact on transatlantic relationships
Introduction by Prof. Crister S. Garrett, American Studies, Universität Leipzig and final discussion with Paul S. Rundquist

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