Public lecture video by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS). This lecture was held on March 4, 2016. Speaker was Ambassador Robert M. Orr, member of the Board of Governors, Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies.
America is preparing for its 58th quadrennial presidential election, following a schedule set in the US constitution in 1787 (or 天明/Tenmei 7 in the calendar then in use in the Edo Shogunate) and unchanged since then. After a pre-primary season marked by developments few observers expected, Ambassador Orr gives a historical perspective on the election. Thanks to his unique viewpoint, having worked in Washington on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch, as an American business executive and diplomat overseas, and now as an academic, Ambassador Orr provides a perfectly timed analysis just a few days after the Super Tuesday primaries.