Election Watch | Republican convention live with Planet America



22 July 2016


Giant Dwarf Studios, Sydney

The USSC teamed up with ABC News 24’s Planet America to celebrate the Republican National Convention. The Chaser's Chas Licciardello and USSC Research Associate John Barron, along with a panel of experts, put the nominees under the microscope and provided analysis throughout this special event at the Giant Dwarf theatre in Sydney.


Helen Andrews Policy analyst in the Social Foundations program at the Centre for Independent Studies.

Kerry Chikarovski Former leader of the NSW Liberal Party and avid US political watcher.

Simon Jackman CEO of the United States Studies Centre.

Richard Fontaine President of the Centre for a new American Security, former foreign policy advisor to Sen John McCain, and Alliance 21 visiting fellow.

Republican Convention live with Planet America


  • Professor Simon Jackman
    Professor Simon Jackman

    Professor Simon Jackman was Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre from April 2016 to May 2022. 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.

  • Richard Fontaine
    Richard Fontaine
    President, Center for a New American Security

    Richard Fontaine was the Alliance 21 Program Fellow at the US Studies Centre from July to August 2016. Fontaine is the President of the Centre for a New American Security. Previously, Fontaine was a foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain for more than five years and has also worked at the State Department, the National Security Council and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.