Fondation des États-Unis | December 12-14: Obama Legacy Conference
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December 12-14: Obama Legacy Conference

Conference « Obama’s legacy: tensions and reconfigurations after the presidential elections » | International symposium

After the November presidential elections, the Fondation des Etats-Unis hosts the international conference « Obama’s legacy: tensions and reconfigurations after the presidential election » orchestrated by a university scientific committee..: François de Chantal (Paris 7), Andrew Diamond (Paris 4), Frédérick Douzet (Paris 8), Romain Huret (EHESS), Denis Lacorne (CERI), Vincent Michelot (IEP Lyon), Jean-Christian Vinel (Paris 7) and Julien Zarifian (University of Cergy-Pontoise).

For three days, the conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on Barack Obama’s two terms as President in the form of an initial assessment. Although the November 2008 election was hailed as historic, were the two terms that followed decisive? To what extent was Obama, to use the typology of Stephen Skowronek (1993), a president who, like Franklin Roosevelt, was able to create a new economic and political order based on the « repudiation » of previous balances? Can we speak more broadly of a « transformative » presidency that transformed the American nation or, on the contrary, was it « minimalist », as anticipated by Cass Sunstein (2008), or even a traditionalist « restoration »? In many ways the Obama presidency seems to fall between these questions but how far and how?

The symposium will take place at the Fondation des Etats-Unis with the support of LARCA (UMR 8225), the United States Embassy, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the University of Paris VIII, CERI (Sciences-Po), the University of Cergy Pontoise, the Castex Chair in Cyberstrategy and the Ile-de-France region.

To register, visit the conference website.

For CiuP residents: the sessions are open free of charge to residents of the International City (the resident card will be requested at the entrance). For lunch, reservations are subject to payment and are compulsory on the conference website.

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