U.S. Political Scientist Walter Russell Mead traveled to Switzerland on a speaker program organized by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy. Mead spoke to students, the public, Swiss officials and journalists in Bern, Luzerne, Basel and Zurich. The Tages-Anzeiger, der Bund and Basler Zeitung all published full-page in-depth interviews with Mead on the elections. The press especially showed interest in the U.S. presidential primary races. Mead explained that many people in the U.S. feel that neither the left nor the right offer “a way back to prosperity” and that is why they may be looking for an unconventional candidate who does not come from traditional political circles. During his speaking engagements, Walter Mead touched upon a wide range of subjects, including the U.S. Middle East strategy under President Obama, what a change in administration might mean for foreign policy, and the role of religion in U.S. elections.