IUB organizes Webinars on US Presidential Election 2020
Trump or Biden, whoever wins the US Presidential Election 2020, the big question remains – how the US foreign policy is going to be reshaped over the next four years? If Joe Biden wins, is he going to bring back the liberal immigration policy and also ratify the less restraining regulations, especially for the Muslim countries?
Speakers underscored and discussed all this in two separate Webinars organized by the Global Studies and Governance Program of SLASS at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). The first Webinar was held on October 28, 2020 titled, ‘U.S. Presidential Election 2020: Last-Minute Gasps’. M. Humayun Kabir, Former Ambassador to Washington, USA; Prof. Mehnaz Momen, from Department of Social Sciences, Texas A&M International University (TAMIU); Prof. Ali Riaz, from Department of Politics & Government, Illinois State University, USA; Prof. Amena Mohsin, from Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka; Parvez Karim Abbasi, from Department of Economics, East West University; Dr. Geoffrey Macdonald, Resident Program Director for Bangladesh, International Republican Institute was present as Guest Speakers.
The second one took place on November 5, 2020 where the title was, ‘U.S. Presidential Election 2020: Post-ballot Blues’. Prof. ASM Ali Ashraf, from the Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka; Nasim Firdaus, Former Ambassador, Founder & President, Bangladesh Alliance for Women Leadership (BDAWL); Prof. Rounaq Jahan, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD); Prof. Shahab Enam Khan, from Department of International Relations, Jahangirnagar University; Prof. Abdur Rob Khan, Dean, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, North South University; Prof. Ali Riaz, from Department of Politics & Government, Illinois State University, USA; Dr. Geoffrey Macdonald, Resident Program Director for Bangladesh, International Republican Institute and; Mahmood Menon Khan, Editor & Co-Founder of aparajeobangla.com highlighted various aspects of US election in this Webinar.
Discussants also focused on major lessons that could be learned from this particular election are as follows –
i) How critical & significant the elections are to practice democratic systems across the level, ii) Critical impediments of US electoral system and ambiguities of political institutions that need to be reformed,
iii) How an autocrat can ruin democracy institutionally, and
iv) The dividedness of it
Prof. Imtiaz A Hussain, Dean (Acting), School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, IUB moderated the both Webinars that were broadcasted LIVE through IUB Facebook page and YouTube channel.