Webinar 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, November 3, 2020

Every U.S. Presidential Election is unique. However, the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020 promises to be extraordinary and unprecedented:

• the Presidential Election is taking place while the world is struggling with a global pandemic and the United States is one of the worst-affected countries
• America seems more divided than ever before by racial divisions, anti-immigration and anti-globalism platforms
• the legitimacy of the US elections is being disputed. Is the U.S. in a state of perpetual minority rule? In 2016 president Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, the greatest popular-vote loss suffered by any winning president in history. Will this be repeated?

It short: the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election is emerging as a stress test for American democracy.

JJK Raadsondersteuning and Webster Leiden Campus are organizing a joint Webinar on the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election on November 3, 2020, Election Day from 15.30 - 17.30 (CET).

Please make sure to register no later than Friday, October 30, 2020. Instructions on how to join the webinar (link for joining via Zoom) will be emailed directly to registered attendees. Please make sure to check your email before Tuesday, November 3, 2020.




15:00-15:30       Online Walk in

15.30-15.33       Welcome by Jean Paul van Marissing

15.33- 15.50      Key-Note Speech by Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy to the Netherlands. Mrs. Marja Verloop.

15.50-16.25       Joost Kramer, “Two Term Presidents”

16.25-16.55        Matthijs Le Loux, “The 2020 campaigns”

16.55-17.20        Casper Thomas,  “State of the Race from Washington D.C.”

17.20-17.30        Q&A session


Speakers and Contributions

Matthijs le Loux

Matthijs le Loux is a reporter and NU.nl's foreign editor. He's been covering American politics since the start of president Barack Obama's second term. Although writing is his mainstay, Matthijs regularly appears in videos and podcasts to explain geopolitical news to a broad audience.



Casper Thomas
Mr. Thomas is the US/Washington correspondent for Het Financieele Dagblad - FD - (Dutch Business and Financial newspaper).
He also works as a reporter for De Groene Amsterdammer, the Netherlands oldest current affairs weekly. 




Joost. J. Kramer
Mr. Kramer is the founder of JJK Raadsondersteuning, a consultancy firm providing professional advice, guidance, and actionable solutions to board members.


Marja Verloop  

Mrs. Verloop is a career member of the U.S. Department of State’s Senior Foreign Service. She is the Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy the Netherlands and previously, was the Deputy Executive Director for the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau. Other assignments include India, Canada, Poland, Malaysia and Namibia.



Useful links & videos

U.S. Elections 2020
Forecasting the U.S. elections

2020 President: Consensus Electoral Map

Why does the Electoral College sytem exists and how does it work?

U.S. Election 2016
How Donald Trump Pulled Off an Upset for the Ages


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Meeting ID: 998 9657 0813

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 3:30pm to 5:30pm

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