About the contributors

His Excellency the Honourable Kim Beazley AC
His Excellency the Honourable Kim Beazley AC was the 24th Australian Ambassador to the United States from 2010 to 2016. He was Deputy Prime Minister from 1995 to 1996 and Minister for Defence from 1984 to 1990. He became Governor of Western Australia in 2018.

Ambassador John Berry
Ambassador John Berry was the 25th US Ambassador to Australia from 2013 to 2016. He became President of the American Australian Association in 2016.

The Honourable Julie Bishop
The Honourable Julie Bishop was Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2018. She became Chancellor of the Australian National University in January 2020.

President George W Bush
George W Bush served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009.

The Honourable Alexander Downer AC
The Honourable Alexander Downer AC was Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 2007. He was Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2014 to 2018.

The Honourable Julia Gillard AC
The Honourable Julia Gillard AC served as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia from 2010 to 2013.

The Honourable Joe Hockey
The Honourable Joe Hockey was the 25th Australian Ambassador to the United States from 2016 to 2020. He was Treasurer of Australia from 2013 to 2015.

Paul Hogan AM
Paul Hogan AM is a Golden Globe-winning Australian actor, producer, comedian and writer known for films including Crocodile Dundee, Crocodile Dundee II and Strange Bedfellows.

The Honourable John Howard OM AC
The Honourable John Howard OM AC served as the 25th Prime Minister of Australia from 1996 to 2007.

Professor Simon Jackman
Professor Simon Jackman was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre in 2016. He was previously Professor of Political Science and Statistics at Stanford University.

Major General Duncan Lewis AO DSC CSC
Major General Duncan Lewis AO DSC CSC is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre. He was Director-General of Security and Head of the Australian Security Intelligence Service from 2014 to 2019, Australian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union and NATO from 2012 to 2014, Secretary of the Department of Defence from 2011 to 2012 and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister from 2008 to 2011.

Andrew Liveris AO
Andrew Liveris AO was Chairman (2006-18) and Chief Executive Officer (2004-18) of the Dow Chemical Company.

Stephen Loosley AM
Stephen Loosley AM is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre. He was a Senator for New South Wales from 1990 to 1995, during which he chaired both the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and the Senate Regulations Committee.

The Honourable Brendan Nelson AO
The Honourable Brendan Nelson AO was Minister for Defence from 2006 to 2007 and Minister for Education, Science and Training from 2001 to 2006. He was Australian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union and NATO from 2009 to 2012.

Leon E Panetta
Leon Panetta was the US Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013. He was Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011, White House Chief of Staff from 1994 to 1996 and a member of the US House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993.

General David Petraeus AO MSC
General David Petraeus AO MSC was Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2011 to 2012 after 37 years of service in the US Army. He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2009 for his leadership of coalition forces in Iraq.

Daniel Petre AO
Daniel Petre AO is co-founder and chair of Australian venture capital fund AirTree Ventures. He was Managing Director of Microsoft Australia from 1988 to 1991.

Dennis Richardson AC
Dennis Richardson AC was the 23rd Australian Ambassador to the United States from 2005 to 2010. He was Secretary of the Department of Defence from 2012 to 2017, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2010 to 2012 and Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation from 1996 to 2005.

Professor Brian Schmidt AC
Professor Brian Schmidt AC is Vice-Chancellor and President of the Australian National University. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011.

His Excellency the Honourable Arthur Sinodinos AO
His Excellency the Honourable Arthur Sinodinos AO became the 26th Australian Ambassador to the United States in 2020. He was Prime Minister John Howard’s Chief of Staff from 1998 to 2007 and a Senator for New South Wales from 2011 to 2019.

Rob Sitch
Rob Sitch is an Australian actor, producer, director and screenwriter known for his work on films The Dish and The Castle and TV series Frontline, The Hollowmen and Utopia.

The Honourable Stephen Smith
The Honourable Stephen Smith was Minister for Defence from 2010 to 2013, Minister for Trade in 2010 and Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2010. He is a board member of the Perth USAsia Centre.

Michael Thawley AO
Michael Thawley AO was the 22nd Australian Ambassador to the United States from 2000 to 2005. He was Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2014 to 2016.