Najam Discusses U.S. Presidential Election with International Media

Adil Najam, Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, spent much of November 3 – Election Day in the United States – and the following days appearing on various international media outlets in Pakistan, India, and the Philippines to discuss the presidential election. 

During his various appearances, Najam served as “interpreter-in-chief” explaining and discussing election results and how U.S. elections work. Of particular interest were questions about how electoral votes work, the principle behind the idea, why someone with more votes could end up losing the election, and the key issues that are currently divisive in U.S. politics.

There was also great interest in why both the Democratic and Republican parties had chosen candidates in their 70s, especially at the time when so much of the politics is driven by the young. Najam said he would not have guessed that the world would seem to be fascinated by these two really old men as candidates – one 77, one 74, and the one who is 74 keeps bringing age up.

A Twitter thread detailing many of Najam’s election night insights is available below.

Clips from two of Najam’s media appearances – one on Hum News, and one on News One – are available below.

Adil Najam is a global public policy expert who also served as the Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. He is the Inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and was the former Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to global climate change, South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human development. Read more about him here.