Beyond the US Election: Promises and perils

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

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 roundtable asks what the election of __________ _______ means for Australian foreign and security policy. How will President Elect ___________ address the overlapping challenges of managing its 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 a ___________ Presidency?

Join us for a joint panel discussion hosted by the National Security College and the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre that will address these questions and analyse the impact of a ___________ 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 Peter Dean is a Senior Fellow in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and the Australian Command and Staff College. He was the 2014 Fulbright Scholar in Australia-United States Alliance Studies and was Associate Dean (Education) for the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific in 2015-16. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Australian & New Zealand Studies Centre, the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and an Adjunct Fellow in the Pacific Partners Initiative at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC. In 2011 he was a Research Associate at the United States Studies Centre Sydney University (2011). His major research and teaching interests are in Australian strategic policy, the ANZUS Alliance, military operations and defence studies.

Dr Andrew Carr is a Research Fellow in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. His research interests include Australian foreign and defence policy, middle power theory and Asia-Pacific security. His recent books are Winning the Peace: Australia’s campaign to change the Asia-Pacific (MUP, 2015) and Asia-Pacific Security: An Introduction (Georgetown University Press, 2016). Dr Carr is also the editor of the Centre of Gravity policy paper series, a co-editor of the journal Security Challenges and a frequent media commentator for both Australian and Asia-Pacific press.

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.