Impeachment: The insiders' guide

Impeachment: The insiders' guide



27 November 2019


Lecture Theatre 1040, Abercrombie Business School, corner of Abercrombie and Codrington Sts, Darlington, University of Sydney


Public forum


$10 General Admission

We are on the precipice of the third presidential impeachment in United States history. No US president, however, has ever been removed from office. Will President Trump be the first? What impact will impeachment have on US policymaking? What are the lessons from past impeachments? How will impeachment affect US foreign policy in 2020 and what can US allies expect from the United States heading into next year's election?

At this event, “Impeachment: The insiders' guide”, a compilation of analysis by US Studies Centre experts was launched. The compilation features essays on impeachment from diverse angles, including:

  • US public opinion by Professor Simon Jackman, the US Studies Centre CEO and a leading expert on political science and polling
  • History by Dr Charles Edel, a senior fellow at the United States Studies Centre who served on the US Secretary of State’s policy planning staff from 2015 to 2017
  • Foreign policy by Dr Gorana Grgic, a University of Sydney Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy
  • Partisan bias by Mia Love, a non-resident Senior Fellow and former Republican member of Congress
  • Political implications by Bruce Wolpe, a non-resident Senior Fellow who was a Democratic staffer in Congress and chief of staff to former Prime Minister Julia Gillard

The event featured coverage of these topics by Professor Jackman, Dr Edel, Dr Grgic and Mr Wolpe.


  • 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.

  • Dr Charles Edel
    Dr Charles Edel
    Australia Chair and Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Dr Charles Edel is the inaugural Australia Chair and a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He was previously a Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Prior to this, he was Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the US Naval War College, and served on the US Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff from 2015-2017. In that role, he advised Secretary of State John Kerry on political and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. 

  • Dr Gorana Grgic
    Dr Gorana Grgic
    Senior Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy, United States Studies Centre (jointly appointed with the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney)

    Dr Gorana Grgic is a jointly appointed Senior Lecturer at the Department of Government and International Relations and the United States Studies Centre. Her research interests include US politics and foreign policy, transatlantic relations, conflict resolution and democratisation. She is the author of Ethnic Conflict in Asymmetric Federations (Routledge 2017).

  • Bruce Wolpe
    Bruce Wolpe
    Non-Resident Senior Fellow, United States Studies Centre

    Bruce Wolpe is a Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the United States Studies Centre. Bruce is a regular contributor on US politics across media platforms in Australia. In recent years, Bruce has worked with the Democrats in Congress during President Barack Obama's first term, and on the staff of Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He has also served as the former PM's chief of staff.

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