From 24 to 29 September 2015 , approximately 60 academics, journalists, political analysts and advisors gathered in Salzburg, Austria for the 13th Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association (SSASA) program The Search for a New Global Balance: America’s Changing Role in the World to reflect on and debate where America is headed, where they, representing 27 diverse countries from five continents, think it should go, whether it should lead or follow, and what impact these decisions have on the rest of the world. The focus is an incredibly important topic for the American Studies field to grapple with as the real-world implications of these questions will have both immediate and long-lasting effects. This is particularly true as the United States nears another presidential election that will see a new leader in the White House in January 2017.
The event was co-organized by Alex Seago, Dean of CASS & UK representative of SSASA in collaboration with other members of the Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association. Richmond’s fellow Richmond’s American Studies specialists, Dr. James Boys and Dr. Chris Wylde were also involved as sessions chairs and panellists.