America at a Crossroads: The 2024 Presidential Election and Its Global Impact

April 24, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
New York, NY

Venue:
The Interchurch Center
61 Claremont Avenue
New York, NY 10115
Six-minute walk from the 1 train, 116 St-Columbia University subway stop.

This symposium is part of a series of panel discussions—organized by the Political and Geostrategic Observatory of the United States at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS) and The Academy of Political Science—to analyze the major issues of the 2024 presidential election. It was held in collaboration with the Urban and Social Policy Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the University of Quebec in Montreal.

PROGRAM

8:30 a.m. Public reception

8:45 a.m. Welcome
Robert Shapiro and Pascal Boniface

9:00 a.m. PANEL I
Analyzing the 2024 Election's Impact: Domestic Politics, Policy, and America's Global Image

Panelists: Pascal Boniface, Lincoln Mitchel, Michael Nutter, and Romuald Sciora
Moderator: Robert Shapiro

10:20 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. PANEL II
Global Implications of the Presidential Election: Relations, Alliances, and Conflict Zone

Panelists: Pascal Boniface, Frederick Gagnon, Gideon Rose, and Elizabeth N. Saunders
Moderator: Robert Shapiro

PANEL I

ANALYZING THE 2024 ELECTION'S IMPACT: DOMESTIC POLITICS, POLICY, AND AMERICA'S GLOBAL IMAGE

The first panel focused on the electoral campaign and potential domestic implications of the presidential election on the economy, immigration, social issues, and democracy. Additionally, the panel explored the perception of America arising from this election and the message it conveys to the world.

SPEAKERS

PASCAL BONIFACE is the founding Director of the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), based in Paris.  He is also the Director of the quarterly journal “La Revue internationale et stratégique” (International and strategic review) since 1991, and the Editor of “L’Année stratégique” (Strategic Yearbook) since 1985.  He has published or edited more than sixty books on International Relations. Many of them have become classics, reissued on a regular basis and translated in several languages.

LINCOLN MITCHELL is a political analyst, pundit, and writer based in New York City and San Francisco. Dr. Mitchell works on democracy and governance-related issues in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. He also works with businesses and NGOs globally. Dr. Mitchell was a member of the faculty of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs from 2006 to 2013. He retains an affiliation with Columbia's Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and teaches in Columbia’s political science department and School of International and Public Affairs.

MICHAEL NUTTER was the 98th Mayor of the City of Philadelphia after serving almost 15 years in the Philadelphia City Council. He is a past President of the United States Conference of Mayors. Since leaving public service, Mayor Nutter has remained active in public policy, government, and civic life. He is also the David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

ROMUALD SCIORA is the Director of the Political and Geostrategic Observatory of the United States at IRIS, where he is a Senior Research Fellow. A French-American writer and political analyst, he is the award-winning author of numerous books, articles, and documentaries, and he frequently appears in international media to provide commentary on current events. He lives in New York.

PANEL II

GLOBAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: RELATIONS, ALLIANCES, AND CONFLICT ZONES

The second panel examined the global repercussions of the presidential election, including its effect on the United States' relationships with close allies, its impact on relations with China, as well as its impact on conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East.

SPEAKERS

PASCAL BONIFACE is the founding Director of the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), based in Paris.  He is also the Director of the quarterly journal “La Revue internationale et stratégique” (International and strategic review) since 1991, and the Editor of “L’Année stratégique” (Strategic Yearbook) since 1985. He has published or edited more than sixty books on International Relations. Many of them have become classics, reissued on a regular basis and translated in several languages.

FRÉDÉRICK GAGNON is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal where he also serves as the director of the Observatory on the United States and the Observatory on Multidimensional Conflicts.

GIDEON ROSE is the Mary and David Boies Distinguished Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was previously Editor of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2021. He served as Associate Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council from 1994 to 1995 under the Clinton Administration.  He has also taught American foreign policy at Princeton and Columbia.

ELIZABETH N. SAUNDERS is a Professor of Political Science at Columbia University.  Her research and teaching interests focus on the domestic politics of international security and U.S. foreign policy, including the presidency and foreign policy, and the politics of war. Prior to joining Columbia, she was a Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her new book is The Insiders’ Game: How Elites Make War and Peace (Princeton University, 2024).

SYMPOSIUM MODERATOR

ROBERT Y. SHAPIRO is the Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government in Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is the President of The Academy of Political Science and Editor of its journal, Political Science Quarterly.  He specializes in American politics with research and teaching interests in public opinion, policymaking, political leadership, the mass media, and applications of statistical methods.

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