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Eisenhower Day of Fellowship: US Presidential Elections 2008: "The Race to Presidency" Public Conference

The Race to Presidency
 
Date/Time: Oct 14, 2008 / 5.30pm -7.50pm
Venue: SIIA HOME
 

Come November 4, the United States of America will elect a new President. This has implications not only for the US but for Asia and the world. With no incumbent running, the result is predicted to be closely fought. It is also closely watched, given the identity of the candidates.

Barack Obama, the Democrat candidate, could possibly be the first African-American to become the US President. John McCain, a war hero, could be the oldest person elected into the office.  Discussion on the candidates’ dispositions toward issues such as the War in Iraq, energy policies, foreign policies are actively debated and scrutinized as the American people are in want of positive change.

To keep abreast of this historical event and be informed of how this will affect Asia, the public conference aims to provide a platform for political experts, academics, governmental and industry leaders to engage in an informative analysis, discussion and speculation on the outcome for the Presidential Elections.

Featured Speakers:
Daniel Shields, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy to Singapore
David Lim, President, Eisenhower Fellowships Society (Singapore )
John S. Wolf, President, Eisenhower Fellows (USA)
Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
Steve Okun, Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce

Programme

5.30pm  Arrival of participants/ Registration & Light reception

6.00pm  Welcome Remarks
Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs

Opening introduction
David Lim, President, Singapore Eisenhower Fellowships Society

6.15pm Opening Remarks
Daniel Shields, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the United States of America

6.30pm US Presidential Elections 2008: The Race to Presidency
An analysis on the Campaign Trail
Foreign Policy and the Next President

Panelists:
Steve Okun, Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce
John S. Wolf, Eisenhower Fellows USA

Moderator:
Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs

7.25pm Question and Answer Session

7.50pm Closing Remarks 
Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs

 

 


 

Website Report: US presidential Election 2008: “The Race to Presidency” Public conference


14 October 2008. SIIA in collaboration with the Singapore Eisenhower Fellowship organized the US presidential Election 2008: “the Race to Presidency” Public conference at National Library of Singapore. The event aimed to provide a platform for political experts, academics, governmental and industry leaders to engage in an informative analysis, discussion and speculation on the outcome for the U.S. Presidential Elections.

Opening remarks were given by Assoc. Prof. Simon Tay, Chairman of SIIA, and Mr. David Lim, President of Singapore Eisenhower Fellowship. They noted that this US election is one of the most exciting in history and reminded the audience that the result of this election will have implications not only for the US but also for Asia and the world. Prof. Tay and Mr. Lim also welcomed extensive attention on this election from Singapore public, resulting in a very good response for this conference. 

Keynote speech by Mr. Daniel Shields, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the United States of America, indicated that this election is defined by three characteristics; ‘Diversity’, ‘Youth’ and ‘Technology’. For diversity, Mr. Shields noted that, more than ever, this presidential race contained candidates with different backgrounds, races, ages, genders and religious views. For youth, he noted that, in this election, more young votes are eligible and they are more interested in politics.  And lastly, for technology, he pointed to the fact that new technology is widely used in this race, whether it is internet fundraising, internet campaigning or high-tech communication to campaign volunteers.

The discussion panel session featured Mr. Steve Okun, Chairman of American Chamber of Commerce, and Mr. John Wolf, President of Eisenhower Fellows USA and Prof. Simon Tay as a moderator. The panel discussed various factors that would affect the result of this election as well as the important issues that the new president would face after election. On the result of the race, they mostly agreed, according to various indicators, that Sen. Obama had a good chance to win on Nov. 4.  The panel also believed that the current world financial and economic crisis will dominate the new administration, resulting in less flexibility to advance its other agendas.

The conference ended with questions and answers session where the audience participated in the lively discussion.

Media Coverage of the Event:  

Channel News Asia
15 October 2008, By Augustine Anthuvan
Young Americans, internet impact may sway voter sentiment in US election

(SPH) Lianhe Zaobao
15 October 2008, ByTan Hwee Hsia
http://www.zaobao.com/gj/gj081015_503.shtml

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