U.S. Elections 2016 Discussion. Review

Professor Paul Sracic, chair of the department of Politics and International Relations in Youngstown University in Ohio, was a guest of the Summer Work and Travel Alumni Association and the US Embassy in Sofia on October 14, 2016 and gave a lecture on the topic of “US Election Debate 2016”. He began by explaining that even though the presidential elections in USA will inevitably affect Bulgaria because of the effect of foreign policy, the elections are never about foreign policy. Candidates do not pay a lot of attention to international affairs and neither do voters – American elections are all about economy. Based on the current state of American economy, some of the most famous models predict the victory of Donald Trump but Prof. Sracic also stated we live in a time when models do not work.  Models are based on past scenarios and this year is very different from anything before in American politics.

Mr. Sracic also stated that on the same day they elect the president in the USA, they elect the House of Representatives. In the moment, it looks like the Republicans will retain control over the House of Representatives, no matter what happens in the presidential elections.  Voters are willing to give the White House’s presidency to a Democrat, while giving the Republicans the House of Representatives.

One third of the Congress is also going to be elected. Under the system of divided power in America, Congress is very important, even when dealing with international affairs. The President cannot take a decision which is not authorized by the Congress. In the American Constitution, Congress has the power over war and peace.

Then Mr. Sracic talked about Hillary Clinton. He remained the audience that she was a Secretary of State in the government of Barack Obama. She is aggressive in foreign policy – she was the voice of the administration for intervention in foreign affairs during the presidency of Barack Obama. As a president, she would be closer to the traditional Republican position. Some traditional, mainstream Republicans do not like Donald Trump and would vote for her. Mr. Sracic stated that she hasn’t given a lot of clarity what she would do in terms of foreign policy. However, she has a better commitment to NATO than Donald Trump. In terms of international trade, Mrs. Clinton completely changed her position and now, she is against TTIP.

Then Mr. Sracic talked about Donald Trump. Mr. Trump does not tell a lot about foreign policy. He refers to it as a “secret plan” that he does not want to give away. However, he thinks USA is overly involved in international affairs and cannot afford to continue that way. The closes to his beliefs is the “Offshore balancing” – a theory, proposed by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. It basically means a country should figure out where its interests are and only be involved in foreign matters there; in other parts of the world, it should not interfere at all but expect its Allies to balance the powers. Mr. Trump’s biggest issue in terms of foreign trade is trade. This issue is highly important in American economy. His success is so far part of his very strong argument against free trade and free trade unions in general. This argument is driving Democrats to vote for him.

Finally, Mr. Sracic predicted that Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump by a fairly comfortable margin.  More than half of voters in USA are women. Donald Trump’s offensive remarks against women have damaged his reputation.

U.S. Elections 2016 Discussion. Photos of the event

On October, 14 U.S.-Bulgarian Alumni Association with the support of the U.S. Embassy Sofia organized a public discussion on the topic “U.S. Elections Discussion 2016″. Prof. Paul Sracic, chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University was the special guest-speaker. Dr. Kiril Avramov, vice-rector of the New Bulgarian University and Georgi Valev, board member of Youth Council to the U.S. Embassy also took part in the discussion.14753394_1796022227346481_8399898706875672757_o14753390_1796022650679772_6195696171656337125_o14753390_1796022270679810_2014798321105590172_o14714859_1796022737346430_5204165690926668759_o14712956_1796022244013146_3521207880623658319_o14712892_1796022047346499_2442079947922243655_o14712830_1796022184013152_1574383323329136905_o14615847_1796022477346456_7533484420243646287_o14615764_1796022044013166_5851377672807289382_o14706905_1796022794013091_6903470451910917083_o

U.S. Elections 2016 Discussion



The US-Bulgarian Alumni Association invites to a public discussion on October 14th at 6p.m. at American Corner (4A Slaveykov Sq., Sofia), where experts, young people and representatives of NGOs will discuss the US Presidential elections.

Guest Speaker will be Prof. Paul Sracic, chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Youngstown State University.

English will be the working language of the discussion.

Please register here: http://bit.ly/2dpbVow


Internship Fair, 15 юли

INTERNSHIP-Invite 5 finalSummer Work and Travel Alumni Association, с подкрепата на посолство на Съединените щати в България организира изложение за стажове.

По време на събитието компании и неправителствени организации ще могат да представят своите летни стажантски програми.

Събитието е подходящо за всички алумни младежи.

Изложението ще се състои на 15 юли 2016 г. (петък) от 17:30 ч в American Corner (площад Славейков 4а).

Онлайн регистрация за присъствие на събитието.




Връчване на сертификати на успешно завършилите първата SWT Entrepreneurship Academy Participants 2015-2016

На 26 април посланика на САЩ в София Н.Пр. Ерик Рубин връчи сертификати на участниците в първата SWT Entrepreneurship Academy Participants 2015-2016. Академията беше организирана от SWT Alumni Association и в нея взеха участие 20 млади хора. IMG_20160426_184744

Ако сте били в САЩ на Summer Work and Travel, с удоволствие Ви каним на официалното откриване на Summer Work&Travel Alumni Association Bulgaria, което ще се проведе на 4.11.2015 от 18:00ч във Виваком Артхол (телефонната палата), ул.Гурко 4, София

Асоциацията има за цел да събере всички млади хора, които са били на студентски бригади в САЩ, за да могат да разменят опит, спомени и да споделят бъдещи инициативи.
На събитието ще присъстват специални гости от САЩ, наши партньори и много SWT алумни. Очаква Ви томбола с награди, хубава музика и срещи с нови и стари приятели. 
Чашата вино е от нас. 

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Summer Work and Travel Alumni Association – Bulgaria
With the support of the U.S. Embassy

Organizes a Public Lecture of Sam Vaghar
5th of November, 2015

Venue: American Corner of Sofia (4A, Slaveikov Sq.)



Sam Vaghar is the Executive Director and Co-founder of The Millennium Campus Network, empowering university student organizations across the United States to be effective partners for global development. In this capacity, Sam engages with numerous partners from The Jenzabar Foundation, Microsoft, and Hewlett-Packard to The United Nations Foundation and Better World Campaign. Under Sam’s leadership, the MCN educates over 1,000 campus leaders through annual conferences and has allocated over $50,000 in Student Action Grants to support activism on campus and overseas. Sam was the featured speaker in a tour across Bosnia and Herzegovina at the request of the State Department and met with President Barack Obama at the White House in 2011 to share perspectives of US youth leaders. Most recently, Sam was selected for the 2012 list of the “Top 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33″ by The Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Sam is a 2008 graduate of Brandeis University.

SWT Entrepreneurship Academy

If you are a natural leader  and you have your own idea of sustainable business, that inspires you and you aspire to bring it to life, regardless of the difficulties, if you are a team player and an adept motivator – then the Entrepreneurship Academy of the Summer Work and Travel (SWT) Alumni Association is the right initiative for you!

Being a successful entrepreneur is one of the most challenging tasks, as it requires expertise in multiple spheres – finance and management, marketing and law. You need to be able to analyze, to seek opportunities and to attract like-minded parties with your excellent presentation skills. Such expertise is of key value to becoming a great entrepreneur. The SWT Entrepreneur Academy, which combines lectures of inspirational speakers and entrepreneurs, role play, teamwork and networking will give you a unique opportunity to develop and gain such skills.

The primary goal of the Academy is to help and support the establishment of a conductive entrepreneurial environment for aspiring Bulgarian youth, and to offer a platform for acquiring and enriching the necessary knowledge for entrepreneurship. The Academy takes place over 5 weekends in the period November 2015 – March 2016 at the study center of the National Revenue Agency in Bankya, Bulgaria.
The first part of the Academy will take place on 6-8 November 2015.

Working languages: Bulgarian and English

Candidates should be:

– Work and Travel USA program alumni
–  Under 30 years of age
– Fairly proficient in English (the Academy introduces international lecturers)
– Interested in entrepreneurship and willing to develop in that sphere
– and they should also propose a viable business idea, that could be developed throughout the duration of the Academy

Please submit your applications HERE by 25th of October 2015


Participation in the academy is FREE.

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