American Election Night at the ICD
(Berlin, November 6th, 2012)
Included on the panel discussion was the Hon Yasar Yakis (Former Foreign Minister of Turkey and President of the ICD Young Leaders Forums), Dr. Goetz Kaufmann (Professor, ICD Center for Cultural Studies and at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Free University Berlin), Anouschka Pearlman (National Public Radio, Berlin), Arion Thoksakis (ICD Alumni), Norma Wright Head of Program - ICD Human Rights Initiatives, and Mark Donfried as moderator. Issues covered ranged from those concerning the current domestic political climate of the United States, predictions on the outcome of the election, and the potential consequences of the election on American foreign policy and specifically America’s use of cultural diplomacy. A number of questions were raised by the attendees mostly in regards to American political culture and issues of modern political campaigns which raised further discussion on campaign finance reform and the ability of average citizens to voice their concerns to elected officials.
The ending of the panel discussion paved the way for more informal discussion and interaction. Music and entertainment was provided by Abba Lang and DJ Jim Panse which kept the party going late into the night and ever closer to the final election result in the United States. Thanks again to all those who helped make this election night a memorable one as well as creating the kind of environment that was conducive to cross cultural reflection and debate which stood in high contrast to the long and bitter political season leading up to the election.
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