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Trump v Clinton: Lessons in the aftermath of campaign 2016

This year’s US electoral campaign has been the most controversial and unpredictable in living memory. The campaign has exposed, unleashed and challenged a whole set of political behaviours that pose deep questions for policy and national security. Following on from the shock of Brexit, does the election of Donald Trump mark the point when rules-based global order began to decline? In the US, can the domestic social rifts be fixed, and what would be involved in uniting a deeply divided nation? And what does any of this mean for Australia and our place in the region?

Chaired by Head of College Professor Rory Medcalf, this public forum will see our panel of experts offer insights into what the campaign and President-Elect Trump's victory means for the future.

Speakers: Professor Rory Medcalf, Associate Professor Matthew Sussex, Associate Professor Michael Clarke, Dr Adam Henschke
Monday 14 November 2016, 12:30–2:30pm
Venue: Weston Theatre, Level 1, Crawford Building #132, 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU


Professor Rory Medcalf has been Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University since January 2015.  He has more than two decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks and journalism.  He was the Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute from 2007 to 2015.  Prior to that, Professor Medcalf was a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments.  His experience as an Australian diplomat included a posting to New Delhi, a secondment to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, truce monitoring after the civil conflict in Bougainville and policy development on Asian security institutions. He has contributed to three landmark reports on nuclear arms control. His earlier work in journalism was commended in Australia’s leading media awards, the Walkleys. He was on the expert panel providing advice on the recently released 2016 Defence White Paper. Professor Medcalf has played a significant role in relations with India, and is founder and co-chair of the Australia India Policy Forum, an informal bilateral dialogue. Read more...

Associate Professor Matthew Sussex is the Academic Director at the National Security College. His main research specialisation is Russian foreign and security policy, but his interests also cover government and politics in Eurasia, strategic studies, terrorism and counter-terrorism, energy security, and Australian foreign policy. He is particularly interested in contemporary trends in violent conflict, especially in ‘hybrid’ warfare and in the evolution of propaganda. Associate Professor Sussex was previously Director of Politics and International Relations at the University of Tasmania. He has served on the National Executive of the Australian Institute for International Affairs and has been Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of International Affairs.

Associate Professor Michael Clarke is an internationally recognised expert on the history and politics of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People's Republic of China (PRC), Chinese foreign policy in Central Asia, Central Asian geopolitics, and nuclear proliferation and non-proliferation. He has generated thirty-seven peer reviewed publications across these fields of research since 2005 including one sole authored book, one co-authored book, five edited books, ten book chapters and twenty journal articles.

He also regularly provides expert media commentary on Uyghur/Xinjiang and Chinese foreign policy-related issues to national and international media including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, LA Times, Voice of America, BBC News, the New York Times, the Guardian and Reuters among others.

For the past two years he has also provided advice and testimony to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission on Chinese policy in Xinjiang and China's foreign policy in Central Asia and Afghanistan.

Dr Adam Henschke is a Lecturer at the National Security College. His main research interests are in ethics and philosophy as they relate to national security, and has published on military ethics, privacy, surveillance and emerging technologies. He is currently looking at issues that arise at the interface between cybertechnologies, national security and ethics. Dr Henschke is an adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University and is secretary of the Asia Pacific chapter of the International Society of Military Ethics. He has published in areas that include information theory, ethics of technology and military ethics. He co-edited the International Journal of Applied Philosophy’s symposium on war in the 21st century (Fall 2012), The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War (July 2013) and is currently co-editing a book on the ethics of cyberwarfare for Oxford University Press. Read more...

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