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Beyond the US Election: Promises and perils

Speakers: Professor Rory Medcalf, Associate Professor Matthew Sussex  and Associate Professor Michael Clarke 
Thursday 17 November 2016, 12:30–1:30pm (followed by a light lunch reception)
Venue:The Yarra Room, Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston Street, Melbourne
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A complex regional order marked by increased major power contestation is crystallising as a significant challenge in Australia’s strategic domain. With the policy and posture of the United States central to any eventual outcome, this panel discussion asks what the election of Donald Trump means for Australian foreign and security policy. How will the President Elect address the overlapping challenges of managing US relations with China, India, Japan and Russia in the context of local and global order,  and what are the most likely policy options and outcomes we can expect from his Presidency? 

Join us for panel discussion that will address these questions as our experts give their analysis on the impact of the new  Presidency for Australia’s national security and strategic outlook.

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 Jennifer Hunt specialises in international security with a focus on the intersection of national security, economic and energy security issues. She has published on comparative national security policy in the US and Australia, as well as energy security, economic and political transitions in the Arab Gulf. Nominated for the APSA Best PhD Thesis Prize in 2015, Dr Hunt also holds a PhD and Master’s degree in International Security from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Jennifer has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Gulf. From 2011-2012, she was a visiting researcher at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman. As part of her research and consulting practice, Dr Hunt also attended the World Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi, and studied Arabic at the Qasid Institute in Jordan. Dr Hunt has been student-nominated for teaching awards in two faculties (Arts and Business). She was previously based at the US Studies Centre, the Centre for International Security Studies, and Sydney Business School at the University of Sydney. Read more...

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