Prominent Danish Politician Mogens Lykketoft Speaks at Academic Seminar Night

Mogens Lykketoft, former Foreign Minister, Speaker of the Danish Parliament, and most recently, President of the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations, shared his insights on the U.S. presidential election at a recent Academic Seminar Night.

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Having concluded his time at the UN in September, Lykketoft drew upon this experience to illustrate the significance of the election, stressing that the result would affect the entire world. He highlighted the importance of a continued American commitment to addressing climate change, involvement in international coalitions, as well as increased negotiation with geopolitical rivals such as Russia, China, and Iran. Lykketoft also addressed U.S. domestic issues such as income inequality. He focused on the importance of an aging Supreme Court, and that the next President could establish a court majority for the coming decades.

The floor opened up for a Q&A session, where Lykketoft fielded questions from the audience, covering topics ranging from UN reform to Middle East stability.

DIS Student Blogger for the European Politics program, Amelia Johnson, attended the event and shared her reflection on the U.S. election as a student abroad. Read her blog post, The U.S. Election from An Outsider’s Perspective, here.

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