Home to the Iowa caucuses and a host of critical swing states, the Midwest is poised to play a defining role in the 2020 presidential election. Candidates and strategists are studying the region closely, using the latest polling data to plan campaign stops, fine-tune messaging, and capture the political mood. Will global trends and economic forces—tariffs, immigration, climate change—motivate voters, or will local concerns and controversies influence the result? One week after the Iowa caucuses, analysts from across the region convene to take the election-year pulse of the heartland.
The Honorable Rajiv Shah, Administrator, US Agency for International Development; The Honorable Thomas Vilsack, Secretary, US Department of Agriculture; Namanga Ngongi, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa; Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Liberia; His Excellency Aghatham Ag Alhassane, Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Mali; And other participants
Bill Gates, Cochair and Trustee, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; The Honorable Rajiv Shah, Administrator, US Agency for International Development ; The Honorable Thomas Vilsack, Secretary, US Department of Agriculture; The Honorable Lael Brainard, Undersecretary for International Affairs, US Department of Treasury; Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Markets, World Wildlife Fund; And other participants