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#2020WCA: The U.S. Elections: What Happened, Why, and What Does It Mean for the Americas?

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

November 10, 2020


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The final 2020 Washington Conference on the Americas Virtual Series plenary session will focus on the U.S. elections, where speakers will discuss questions like: What happened, and why? What does it mean for the Americas?

The session will start with a keynote with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, and a panel will follow with senior political observers.

Keynote remarks:

  • Ben Cardin, U.S. Senator (D-MD)


  • Michael Barone, Senior Political Analyst, Washington Examiner
  • Susan Glasser, Staff Writer, The New Yorker
  • Frida Ghitis, World Affairs Commentator and Columnist, CNN Opinion, The Washington Post, World Politics Review
  • Shery Ahn, Anchor, Bloomberg TV (moderator)

A virtual Music of the Americas concert will close out the conference. It will feature Mariela Condo, an Ecuadorian Indigenous singer and composer from the historic town of Cacha in central Ecuador. She has released 4 albums including original songs in Spanish and Kichwa as well as versions of classics of the Latin American songbook. She has collaborated with distinguished artists including Lila Downs and Juan Quintero, in recordings and concerts across Latin America. For this exclusive concert, she will be joined by an acoustic trio (guitar, bass, and percussion) led by guitarist Willan Farinango. 


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Michael Barone

Emeritus Fellow, AEI

Michael Barone is a political analyst and journalist, studies politics, American government, and campaigns and elections. The principal co-author of the annual Almanac of American Politics (National Journal Group), he has written many books on American politics and history. Barone is also a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner.

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Susan Glasser

Staff Writer, The New Yorker

Susan B. Glasser is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes a weekly column on life in Trump’s Washington. Glasser has served as the top editor of several Washington publications; most recently, she founded the award-winning Politico Magazine and went on to become the editor of Politico throughout the 2016 election cycle. She previously served as the editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy, which won three National Magazine Awards, among other honors, during her tenure.

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Frida Ghitis

World Affairs Commentator and Columnist, CNN Opinion, The Washington Post, World Politics Review

Frida Ghitis is a long-time world affairs columnist. She is a regular contributor to CNN Opinion, and contributing columnist for The Washington Post, and a weekly columnist at World Politics Review. She is a frequent on-air analyst, offering her perspective across multiple television and radio outlets in the United States and elsewhere in English and Spanish. Frida started her career at CNN, where she worked for almost 20 years as a unit manager, producer and correspondent. She has worked in more than 60 countries, in all corners of the world.

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Shery Ahn

Anchor, Bloomberg TV

Shery Ahn is the co-anchor of “Bloomberg Markets,” 1:30-2 p.m. ET, as well as “Bloomberg Daybreak Asia” and “Bloomberg Daybreak Australia” from 6-9 p.m. ET on weekdays on Bloomberg Television. Before moving to New York, Ahn joined Bloomberg Television in Hong Kong where she covered key market events including the G20 summit from Hangzhou and BOJ policy decisions from Tokyo. Ahn has interviewed many of the most influential people in business, among them Baidu Chairman Robin Li and Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber.

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