The Road to November: The US Political System, Election Process and Key Issues

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Date(s) - 30/10/2012
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Monash Asia Institute, Room H5.95, Building H

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Monash Asia Seminars – MAI Seminar

On Tuesday 6th November, all eyes of the world will be on the United States of America. It will be historic moment as American voters will elect the next Untied States President who shapes both domestic and foreign policy. They will make a choice between incumbent President Barack Obama (Democrats) and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (Republican), nominated by their parties after primaries and caucuses at the local level.

In this public lecture, Ifti Rashid will discuss the US political system and election process constituting one of the largest participatory democratic exercises in the world. He hopes to shed light on the values and principles of American Exceptionalism underpinning the federal system and governance. Moreover, he will analyse key local and international issues that have dominated the election process so far and likely to influence voters in the last few weeks of campaigning. The presentation is based on Ifti’s visit across the United States to see primaries and caucuses earlier in the year.

Ifti Rashid, a political and security analyst from Bangladesh, is currently a Doctoral Candidate and Endeavour Scholar in the School of Political & Social Inquiry, Monash University, and is based in the Monash Asia Institute. He is a former Lecturer of the Independent University Bangladesh, Political & Economic Adviser, Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Government of Canada and visited the United States as part of the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in February 2012.