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19-23 August 2024

Wednesday, August 21, 2024

U.S. Elections – Trump or Biden 2.0?

Time: 3:15pm to 4:45pm

How will November’s election play out and what will the impact be for the rest of the world?

£7.50 full price and £5 concession

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Event description

With November heralding a tight and heated battle between current Democratic Party incumbent President Biden and Republican Party candidate Donald Trump back for a possible second term in The White House, Americans are apparently concerned about the fitness and ethics respectively of both candidates.

With everything from the economy to the Middle East influencing voting intentions, how will November’s election play out and what will the impact be for the rest of the world?

Chair: Clare Adamson MSP, Convener, Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee


Jason Boxt is a partner at RXN Group in Washington DC. He has worked in public affairs and opinion research for more than 20 years, with expertise in communications and digital research, reputation and brand management, campaign and message development, political strategy. Jason began his career in polling and research at Roper Starch in 1999, before joining the Democratic political polling firm Global Strategy Group. Prior to coming to RXN, Jason was the founder and principal of 3W Insights, a research-driven strategic consultancy.

Robert Moran is a partner at the Brunswick Group, a critical issues advisory firm. Robert is a management consultant, communications strategist, futurist, and writer. Prior to Brunswick, Robert led Edelman’s research firm, StrategyOne. He began his career in political consulting and polling. Robert is a frequent television commentator and has appeared on BBC, Fox Business News, Australian Broadcasting, Al Jazeera, and many others. He frequently writes and speaks on future forward subject and has written three covers stories for the Mensa Bulletin. His new novel is Lincoln 2.0, which explores a near future of AI candidates.

Nomia Iqbal is a BBC News North America correspondent. She was previously a presenter at BBC5live and for the BBC World Service’s Newsday – an international early morning news and current affairs global programme. Nomia has also worked as a trainer and producer at BBC Media Action, working in Zambia, Tanzania and Zanzibar.


Interpreters: Shaurna Dickson and Jenny Laird


British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation is available at this event. 

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