Event: ‘The US Presidential Election; An Inside Perspective’


The US Presidential Election; An Inside Perspective


TIME:  12:00-13:00, Thursday 25th February 2016

VENUE: Committee Room 15, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA

SPEAKER: Mr Christos “Chris” Spirou, Former NH House Democratic Leader & Former Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party

To attend please RSVP to: rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org

In 2016, the American people will elect a new President. Although still several months to go until the votes are cast, each day seems to present an exciting new twist and turn; from the usual political scuffling between candidates to the extensive media airtime for some of them in particular; one thing is certain – the race is set to be an exciting one.

With a markedly different electoral system to the one here in the UK, it is unsurprising that many on this side of the Atlantic remain confused about the Presidential election process; what do the caucuses mean? How important are the primaries? Who exactly is being elected for what? The social media frenzy surrounding the process serves only to enhance this confusion.

By kind Invitation of Bob Blackman MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with political figure, Mr Chris Spirou, who will give an in-depth analysis of the 2016 Presidential Election, how the system works and his opinion on what he believes the outcome will be.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.


Chris Spirou was born in the town of Porti in the Prefecture of Karditsa, Province of Thessaly, Greece and migrated in 1956, at the age of 13, to the United States of America. He attended Saint Anselm’s College, Manchester, New Hampshire and holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies and Social Change from Goddard College, Vermont.

Mr. Spirou lectured on “Process of Practical Politics” at several institutions of higher learning, including Harvard and Dartmouth Universities and has taught the course as an adjunct Professor at New Hampshire College.

His political career started in 1970 when he was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

In a short time, he rose to become the House Democratic Leader in the New Hampshire House. In 1984, Chris Spirou was the Democratic Nominee for Governor in New Hampshire.

Chris Spirou progressed to become an iconic political figure in New Hampshire, particularly within the Democratic Party. His impact on local and national politics was highlighted when President Clinton recognized him at a White House Ceremony for his “major contribution” to the President’s election in 1992.

Throughout his life, Mr. Spirou has played a significant and leading role in every effort of the Greek American Community and of American citizens in general to support Greek national issues and causes. Over the past 12 years, as President and Chairman of the Hellenic American Union, he has transformed the organization into a major academic force in Greece and a highly regarded, dynamic forum for addressing Greek-American concerns in both Europe and the United States.

1992       President of the New Hampshire Electors for Bill Clinton

1993       Re-elected Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party by a huge majority.

1994       President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic American Union

Athens, Greece.

1995       Political Advisor to the President of Serbia

Official Member of the Yugoslavian Delegation to the Peace Conference on the War in Bosnia held in Dayton, Ohio, USA.

2000       Elected Delegate for Presidential Candidate Al Gore to the Democratic National Convention.

2004       Appointed President of Hellenic American University, a non profit Higher Education Institution registered with the Secretary of State in New Hampshire. The University is a degree-granting Institution established by an act of the New Hampshire State legislature in May 2004. The main campus is in Athens, Greece.


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