The United States Studies Centre launched its publication, US Midterms 2022: The stakes for Australia and the alliance at a special event in Canberra.
The presumption of a red wave in the US November midterms elections has been tempered by setbacks on the Republican agenda and significant legislative victories for Democrats. But the winner of the US House and Senate elections impacts far more than US domestic politics. The US posture toward China, defence funding, trade agreements and more all hinge on the makeup of Congress. For Australia, the stakes have never been higher in a US midterms election.
To explore these topics, USSC commissioned polling on public opinion in the United States, Australia and Japan on issues ranging from sentiment toward AUKUS and the stationing of US troops in allied nations to alignment on climate change and priorities for the next US Congress.
The report launch presented novel findings, documenting and analysing these challenges and their implications for Australia. It featured discussions with:
Panel: National security implications for the alliance agenda
A conversation with The New York Times' Jane Coaston on what's happening in America
The US political map ahead of November 8
Presentation: Exclusive USSC polling on public opinion in the United States, Australia and Japan
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