PPI & CEPS present: The US Elections and the Transatlantic Challenge of Populism

16 Nov


16 Nov 5:00 pm - 01 Jan 6:30 pm


CEPS Conference Room

Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 , Brussels

Just days after the United States elects its 45th president, CEPS will welcome two of America’s foremost political strategists for a post-election conversation – asking, after six tumultuous political months on both sides of the Atlantic, what are the real lessons to draw?

No one is better placed than Will Marshall and Pete Brodnitz to not only decipher the results of the US elections but also to look at the wider implications of the rise of populism – in the shape of Trump, Sanders, Brexit and various insurgents on the left and the right across Europe.

Join us for what promises to be a lively, and highly topical, conversation with ample opportunity for you to put your questions to two of America’s leading political practitioners.

Will Marshall can fairly be described as the intellectual architect of the Clinton ‘New Democrat’ project. As president and founder, in 1989, of the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), he has been at the forefront of the movement to modernise progressive politics for the global age. Dubbed “Bill Clinton’s idea mill”, PPI’s policy analysis and proposals were the source for many of the “New Democrat” innovations that have figured so prominently in US politics over the past two decades. In the 1980s Marshall helped to found the Democratic Leadership Council, serving as the first policy director of the group which is credited with having nurtured a whole new generation of election-winning progressives who went on to reach national prominence.

Pete Brodnitz has more 20 years of strategic research experience at the highest level of politics. As founder and president of Expedition Strategies, his clients include 13 presidents and prime ministers on four continents, US political leaders at all levels, Fortune 500 companies and leading advocacy and non-profit institutions. In the United States, his clients include five sitting US senators, but his longest-standing client in the United States is Senator Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Brodnitz has provided polling-based strategy for Kaine in his past campaigns for lieutenant governor, governor and the Senate. He was a key part of the polling team when Hillary Clinton first ran for Senate in 2000 and was on the battleground polling team for the Hillary for America effort throughout the primaries. He has continued to advise Senator Kaine through the presidential campaign.


Registration from 16:30 – Meeting from 17:00 to 18:30

Online registration is not available for this event.