DIAS Virtual U.S. Election Briefings

DIAS Virtual U.S. Election Briefings
DIAS Virtual U.S. Election Briefings

This U.S. election has the potential to seismically alter both U.S. and global politics. It is billed to be “the most important election for a generation”. But what does this really mean? And how will the election result influence international affairs? What should Europe be ready for? To find out, join us for the new DIAS Virtual U.S. Election Briefings

Tune in when DIAS Senior Fellow, Sten Rynning, and DIAS Fellow, James Rogers, analyse the latest developments in the U.S. election. Together with a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, world leading academic experts, and even a former Biden and Obama adviser, they delve deep into the international implications of the U.S. election.

“This election is likely to be one of the most decisive and divisive in U.S. history with huge implications for international politics and security. The Election Briefings bring together world leading experts from across the U.S. and Europe to discuss just how this election will play out on the world stage”

DIAS Fellow James Rogers

All videos from the DIAS Virtual U.S. Election Briefings will be aired on DIAS’ YouTube channel and can be found on DIAS’ social media platforms.

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October 26, 2020
Fred Kaplan – Presidential Leadership and the U.S. election.
Fred Kaplan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a New York Times best-selling author. He is also author of the new book, ‘The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War’. Kaplan gives us an unbridled glimpse into the minds of the two presidential hopefuls and offers us insight into how this monumental election will impact international affairs.

October 29, 2020
Dr. Claire Yorke – Biden has it, Trump doesn’t seem to. Will Empathy Win the Day in the U.S. Election?

Claire Yorke is an expert policy analyst and writer who has held the prestigious position of Henry A. Kissinger Postdoctoral Fellow within International Security Studies and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University. Claire argues that it is the ability of the candidates to connect emotionally with their voters that will win them the election.

November 3, 2020
Professor Michael J. Williams – What Would Biden’s Foreign Policy Look Like? Implications for Europe
Michael J. Williams is Associate Professor in International Affairs within the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a former adviser to the Obama-Biden Administration. Over two decades, Professor Williams has work on policy with  Vice-President Biden, starting as a public policy staffer in the office of a then Senator Joseph Biden. There is no one better placed to provide us with a portrait of the possible future president.



November 6, 2020
Ernest May Fellow Calder Walton – Political Fallout: What just happened and what’s next in the U.S. Election?

Calder Walton is the Ernest May Fellow in History, Policy, and International Security at Harvard University and Assistant Director of the Belfer Center’s Applied History Project. Calder’s research is broadly concerned with intelligence history, grand strategy, and international relations. His research has a particular focus on policy-relevant historical lessons for governments and intelligence communities today. As such, Calder is perfectly placed (both physically and intellectually) to brief us on the specifics of what happened in the U.S election and what the international political fall-out will likely be.

November 12, 2020
Professor Niels Bjerre-Poulsen – Historical continuity and discontinuity in US foreign policy
SDU’s own Professor Niels Bjerre-Poulsen will help us to put this monumental election into its appropriate historical context. Niels’ major areas of research are the political history and culture of the U.S., the American presidency and the foreign relations of the U.S. He is concerned with the long-term cultural shifts within the U.S. and their impact upon politics. He also looks at electoral processes, ideologies, structures and representations of power, and the making of public policy.

November 19, 2020
Professor Sten Rynning – What now for International Security?

DIAS’ own Senior Fellow Sten Rynning is Denmark’s leading scholar on European Security. He has advised the commission of inquiry into the Danish decisions to enter the wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq (2017-2019) and ambassador Peter Taksøe-Jensen’s official review of Danish Foreign Policy (2015-2016). He served on the official Norwegian Afghanistan Commission (2015-2016). As such, Professor Rynning is in the perfect person to guide us through the international security implications of the U.S. election result.



Who is behind DIAS Virtual U.S. Election Briefings?

Ph.D. Dr. James Rogers

James is a DIAS Fellow, but also Assistant Professor in War Studies, within the Centre for War Studies, at the Department of Political Science at SDU. Furthermore, he is Associate Fellow within the world’s number one university affiliated think-tank, LSE IDEAS at the London School of Economics.

James is currently Special Advisor to the UK Parliament’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones, Adviser to the United Nations, a UK MoD Defence Opinion Leader, and the NATO Country Director of the Vulnerabilities of the Drone Age project.  He has previously been a fellow of Stanford University, Yale University, and the University of Oxford.

He is the Co-founder and Co-Convenor of BISA War Studies, the War Studies section of the British International Studies Association.

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Ph.D. Professor Sten Rynning

As well as DIAS Senior Fellow, Sten is Professor and Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences at SDU. He founded the Center for War Studies at SDU in 2011 and headed it until 2019.

Sten advised the commission of inquiry into the Danish decisions to enter the wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq (2017-2019), and ambassador Peter Taksøe-Jensen’s official review of Danish Foreign Policy (2015-2016). He also served on the official Norwegian Afghanistan Commission (2015-2016).

From 2011-2015 he was president of the Nordic International Studies Association. Currently, he serves on several boards incl. the Danish Institute for International Studies and the editorial board of the European Journal of International Security.

Read more about Sten Rynning


Interested in the American Election? Make sure also to check out the podcast Countdown 2020 by Center for American Studies at SDU.