Kyle Kondik Speaks to Malaysians on the Outlook of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Kyle Kondik speaking to post graduate students, researchers and faculty members at a roundtable session hosted by the National University Malaysia, Institute of Occidental Studies. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor of UVA’s Sabato’s Crystal Ball, Speaks to Malaysians on the Outlook of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Orientation week at Taylors University College for incoming American Degree Program students. (U.S. Embassy photo)
Orientation week at Taylors University College for incoming American Degree Program students. (U.S. Embassy photo)

Kyle Kondik, Director of Communications at the Center for Politics, University of Virginia (UVA), and Managing Editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, was in Malaysia from August 19 – 26, 2016 to speak on the Outlook of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election and beyond. During his visit in Malaysia, he spoke at various universities and think tanks in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, and Penang.

In Kuala Lumpur, he spoke at the National University of Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI), Taylors University, and Penang Institute in Kuala Lumpur. In Johor, he spoke at University of Technology (UTM), Bait Al-Amanah think tank, and at Iskandar Regional Development Authority. While in Penang, he spoke at the University of Science Malaysia (USM), Inti College Penang, and KDU University College Penang. Overall, Kyle managed to reach an audience of over 500 Malaysians ranging from American Degree Program students during their orientation week to post-graduate students, researchers, politicians, policy makers, senior executives, and the general public.

The Embassy set up interviews with local Malaysian media including Astro Awani, Malaysia’s top 24-hour news network, BFM 89.9 radio station, New Straits Times, and blogger Zan Azlee of www.fatbidin.com.

During his sessions, Kyle touched on the factors that helped determine the outcome of the election and what the results may mean for the future of American policy. He also discussed the major figures in American politics and the state of public opinion in the United States. In addition to speaking on the outlook of the Presidential election, Kyle also touched on congressional elections and their possible outcomes.