US Midterm Elections: A Break on Polarisation--Or an Accelerator?

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Period7 Nov 2018

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  • TitleUS Midterm Elections: A Break on Polarisation--Or an Accelerator?
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletFinnisth Institute for Foreign Affairs
    Media typeOther
    Duration/Length/Size23 minutes
    DescriptionU.S. elections have domestic and global repercussions, and the midterm elections of 2018 are set to continue the trend. If the Democratic party takes control of the House of Representatives, President Trump’s ability to drive actual domestic policy changes will diminish. Will it, however, only increase the rhetorical polarization of the country? Presidents suffering a midterm loss have frequently focused their efforts on foreign policy, will Trump do so, and where? Will Trump seek to raise the stakes in the bubbling trade war with China? Can European and Middle Eastern leaders benefit from the results of the midterms? Often seen as referenda on the president, the 2018 midterms are, more than usually, a referendum on the (style) of the United States president – will a severe loss infuriate and isolate Trump or fire up his core supporters?
    Producer/AuthorFinnish Institute for Foreign Affairs & S.M. Amadae
    PersonsS. M. Amadae