Ambassador G. Kathleen Hill hosted two digital video conferences at the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday, July 19 and Tuesday, July 26 during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions to discuss the upcoming U.S. presidential elections.
Speakers Ms. Ann Stone and Professor David Lublin introduced the national conventions and engaged in Q & A sessions with the participants about the U.S. electoral system and democratic process, the presidential candidates, and party platforms and campaigns.
Young leaders from student groups and political organizations, local journalists, party officials, and civil society leaders participated in the event.
Ms. Ann Stone has worked on many political campaigns and is well known in Republican circles as a respected strategist. Stone has served on numerous boards and is currently active in launching the National Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC. A graduate of George Washington University, with a double major in history and communications, Ms. Stone did graduate work in corporate finance and management at the Wharton School of Business consortium.
Prof. David Lublin is a professor in the Department of Government at The American University. He has authored many books including Minority Rules: Electoral Systems, Decentralization, and Ethnoregional Party Success. Lublin has received a National Science Foundation grant and a fellowship from the German Marshall Fund for election research. His expertise comes both from research and practical experience. He served one term as mayor of his town in Maryland.