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The American Presidential Election 2012: Anybody's Guess

Authors

  • SHIRLEY WILLIAMS

    1. Former Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords, co-founder of the Social and Democratic party (SDP), board member of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICCND) Commission and advisor on nuclear issues to Gordon Brown.
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Abstract

The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States in November 2008 was an electric moment for the whole world, a shock in the course of history. The world's most powerful democracy had chosen a black man from a humble background, grandson of a Kenyan peasant who had risen to be a cook in the British Army. It was a truly amazing reaffirmation of the equal opportunity for all that is the stuff of the American dream. Shirley Williams examines the upcoming election and the players.

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