Canberra | Explaining US Asia policy under Trump

ANU's Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs hosts USSC research fellow Ashley Townshend to discuss the findings of his new report with ANU's Dr Andrew Carr



28 March 2017


Theatrette, Sir Roland Wilson Building 2.02 (120), McCoy Circuit, ANU, Canberra


Public forum

How the US approaches Asia under President Donald J. Trump could be one of the most consequential choices of the 21st century. In this event, research fellow at the US Studies Centre, Ashley Townshend, and research fellow at ANU's Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Dr Andrew Carr, explored what we know – and what we don’t –about Trump’s approach to Asia.

Townshend’s new report suggests the Trump administration will adopt a more muscular and self-interested security policy in the Asia–Pacific which will likely produce more volatile relations with China, as well as US allies and partners. The discussion looked at what this means for Australia and what people and policies ‘Trump watchers’ should focus on to understand the Trump administration’s approach to Asia.

This event was produced by the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU's College of Asia and the Pacific.


  • 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.

  • Dr Andrew Carr
    Research Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University

    Dr Andrew Carr's publications include work on Australian foreign and strategic policy, defence studies, middle power theory and Asia-Pacific security.