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As the election dominates global media, the researchers of the United States Studies Centre (USSC) have been charting the territory beyond the 2020 election. In Red book / Blue book: An Australian guide to the next US administration, 13 USSC analysts and fellows tackle the most pressing issues for Australia in this election. While China-relations will remain a central tenet of either administration, the roll-out of a COVID-19 vaccine, approaches to climate change and the tack for Australian policy-shaping on Capitol Hill will be radically different under a Biden administration or a second Trump term.
Though the race for the White House is pre-eminent, as yesterday’s confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court demonstrated, the make-up of Congress is crucial. The 2018 midterm elections are frequently cited as a “blue wave” yet the Republicans actually picked up two Senate seats. The vote on the newest justice of the Supreme Court was decided by two votes – 52 to 48. Tune in to tomorrow’s webinar to get the inside scoop on what hangs in the balance for Australia and make sure to follow the USSC next week a