• 10 February 2016

    Public Program | Aspen After-Work Briefing: "Beyond Iowa and New Hampshire: The Dynamics of the U.S. Presidential Race 2016"
    On February 10, 2016 the Aspen Institute Germany invited to an After-Work Background Briefing with the former Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America on the topic: Beyond Iowa and New Hampshire: The Dynamics of the U.S. Presidential Race 2016“.

    In the first part of the background talk, Rüdiger Lentz, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Germany, former Senator Chris Dodd, and Dr. Marco Overhaus, Associate of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs discussed the latest results of the primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire, noted the link to special features and difficulties of the American election system and outlined the role of the media and other political institutions in the election campaigns.

    In the second part, the invited guests and experts had the opportunity to pose questions and comments to Senator Dodd and Dr. Marco Overhaus. In doing so, they controversially disputed the ongoing success of polarizing candidates and their impact on the reputation of the presidential office, the seemingly lacking political middle in the election campaigns, as well as the current challenges in the transatlantic relations.

    At the end, Senator Dodd emphasized the importance of sustaining the German-American relations and commended the Aspen Institute Germany for its transatlantic commitment.