2020 Vision: What to expect from the United States this year

2020 Vision: What to expect from the United States this year

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When

6.00pm–8.00pm

30 January 2020

Where

Harbourside Room, Level 6, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks

Type

Public forum

Cost

S25 General Admission

One year from this month, a newly elected president will take office in Washington, DC. The long and intense competition leading to that day begins on 3 February 2020, with the Iowa Caucuses, the first nominating contest in the Democratic Party’s primaries for the 2020 presidential election.

The period between those two election calendar events is less than a year but no less momentous, as we are also expecting to see an impeachment trial in the US Senate, more US troops returning to the Middle East, and continued tensions between the United States and China.

What are Trump’s chances of re-election? Which Democratic challenger is likely to be Trump’s opponent in November? What impact will renewed tensions in the Middle East have on the election, and what are the implications for Australia? And what will be the trajectory of rivalry between China and the United States in this election year?

To hear more on these issues, the USSC hosted the first in a series of public events on the 2020 US presidential election by the US Studies Centre.

The panel featured analysis by USSC experts:

  • Simon Jackman, CEO and Professor of Political Science
  • Kim Hoggard, Non-Resident Fellow and former staffer for President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush
  • Brendon O’Connor, Associate Professor in American Politics and author of Anti-Americanism and American Exceptionalism
  • Ashley Townshend, Director of Foreign Policy and Defence at the United States Studies Centre 

Featuring

  • Professor Simon Jackman
    Professor Simon Jackman
    Chief Executive Officer, United States Studies Centre

    Professor Simon Jackman commenced as CEO of the US Studies Centre in April 2016. Between 1996 and 2016, he was a Professor of Political Science and Statistics at Stanford University. Jackman's teaching and research centres on public opinion, election campaigns, political participation, and electoral systems with special emphasis on American and Australian politics.

  • V. Kim Hoggard
    V. Kim Hoggard
    Non-Resident Fellow, United States Studies Centre

    Kim Hoggard is a former US government official who served as White House Assistant Press Secretary for President Ronald Reagan, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Public Affairs during the second term of the Reagan administration, and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs for President George H.W. Bush. She has worked as a media commentator and speaker on US politics and foreign affairs for a variety of Australian news programs and organisations.

  • Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor
    Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor
    Postgraduate Coordinator and Associate Professor in American Politics, United States Studies Centre (jointly appointed with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney)

    Brendon O'Connor is jointly appointed between the US Studies Centre and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney as an Associate Professor in American Politics. He was a Fulbright Fellow at Georgetown University in 2006, a Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in 2008 and 2015, and life member of Clare Hall at University of Cambridge. He is the editor of seven books on anti-Americanism and has also published articles and books on American welfare policy, presidential politics, US foreign policy and Australian-American relations.

  • Ashley Townshend
    Ashley Townshend
    Director, Foreign Policy and Defence, United States Studies Centre

    Ashley Townshend is Director of Foreign Policy and Defence at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He works on international security and strategic affairs with a focus on the Indo-Pacific, including regional alliances and partnerships, maritime security, defence policy, and US, Chinese, and Australian strategy.

 

Part of the series

Election Watch

Since 2008 the United States Studies Centre has been helping make sense of the US presidential elections with a series of events featuring Centre experts and visitors.

View all events in this series