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USF World Takes an International Perspective on the Election
November 7, 2012

USF World in conjunction with the Chinese Culture and Language Club organized a panel of experts from different regions and countries of the world to discuss the international perspectives of the US Presidential Elections and its implications. 

The panelists included:

China: Dr. Eric Shepherd, Assistant Professor, Department of World Languages

France: Mr. Michel Amblard, Managing Partner of International Management Services Group and Former President of the French American Chamber of Commerce

Kenya: Dr. John Gathegi, Professor, School of Information

North & South Korea: Dr. Jongseok  Woo, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Government and International Affairs

Israel: Dr. Chaim Noy, Associate Professor, Department of Communication

Latin America: Dr. Harry Vanden, Professor, Department of Government and International Affairs.

Panelists provide an international perspective and discuss the current election.

The event was moderated by USF junior Austin Prince.  In his opening statement, Austin points out that “…both our problems and our solutions are increasingly becoming globalized and it is now more important than ever to welcome the opinions of those around us in hopes of better understanding one another and working towards the greater goal of peace and cooperation.”

Panelists discussed the views of the current US Presidential Elections from the respective countries and the overall process of elections in the US.  Dr. Woo explains that South Koreans’ view on the US Election process in the mass media is “described quite positively because the American political system and the electoral systems are very well accept (ing) and institutionalized, very stable, and working very well.” Dr. Noy adds, “I think people in Israel are very literate about the elections in the United States…they are very opinionated and very invested in who will actually be elected in the United States.”

A reoccurring message from the panel was that despite having the freedom to choose our own Presidents, American voter turnout is surprisingly low.  Chinese and Israelis would welcome such a transparent process.

In addition, panelists elaborated on views abroad of both of the presidential candidates and their policies which may have significant impact in that area of the world. 

One question asked of the panelist:
If the people of the region could cast their vote in this US Presidential Election, which candidate would likely garner their popular vote? The majority would vote for Obama, Israel would vote for Romney and Latin America would be undecided with an Obama advantage.