CIGS Seminar on US Democracy and Recent Trends in US Politics

On December 12, Kenji Kushida spoke at a seminar organized by the Canon Institute for Global Studies in Tokyo on the topic of US democracy.

In 2016 Donald Trump was elected 45th president of the United States after one of the most controversial elections in US history. The unexpected result of this election had many Americans questioning what had happened. The 2016 election has shined a light on the glaring inequalities and contradictions in our political system, as well as brought to attention a disgruntled populace to whom the 2016 election was a victory.

How did Donald Trump win with nearly 3 million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton? Who supported him and why? Why have US politics become so divisive? What does the future of our democracy look like? 

The dynamics of US politics matters, not just to Americans, but globally, now more than ever. During this seminar, Kushida gave a comprehensive overview of the origin of the US political system, discussed some recent political controversies, and discussed the future of American democracy based on historical precedents.