A group of distinguished policy analysts, scholars, political consultants and media experts came together following the historic election of Barack Obama as President of the United States to analyze the results of the election, take stock of the deeper significance of the first African American president, and to discuss likely future directions for American foreign policy.
9:30 a.m.Introductory remarks Ellyn Toscano, Director, Villa La Pietra and Global Initiatives, New York University Yves Mény, President, European University Institute
Session I begins Panel I: Political Analysts Robert M. Shrum, Senior Advisor to Gore and Kerry campaigns in 2000 and 2004, political analyst and Senior Fellow of the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University Roberto D’Alimonte, Director of the Italian Center for Electoral Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Florence, Adjunct Professor at New York University in Florence and Columnist for Il Sole 24 Ore Moderator: Rogan Kersh, Professor and Associate Dean, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
12:00 p.m.Remarks Rogan Kersh, Professor and Associate Dean, New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service Mary Ellen Countryman, Consul General of the United States of America
12:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Session II begins Panel II:Media experts Mario Calabresi, New York Correspondent for La Repubblica Adam Nagourney, National Political Correspondent for The New York Times Moderator: Kiran Klaus Patel, Professor, European University Institute
4:00 p.m. Afternoon break
4:30 p.m. Session III begins Panel III: Scholars Sven Steinmo, Chair in Public Policy and Political Economy at the European University Institute, expert on U.S. politics and transatlantic relations Rogan Kersh, Associate Professor of Public Service and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University Moderator: David Travis, Director, New York University in Florence