President Trump: The first 100 days

President Trump: The first 100 days



27 April 2017


Lecture Theatre, Charles Perkins Centre (D17), Johns Hopkins Drive, University of Sydney


Public forum

On October 22, 2016 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Donald Trump presented a plan for his first 100 days in office as US president. His “contract with the American voter” was meant to ensure that America’s economy was revitalised and citizens were protected.

As we hit that 100-day milestone, the Centre in conjunction with ABC News 24 and Radio National hosted a public forum with experts to chart the president's progress on his action plan. Had Trump delivered on congressional term limits, lobbying bans, funding cuts for sanctuary cities and restrictions on immigration? What about his promises to label China a currency manipulator and to cancel billions in payments to UN climate change programs?

The panels on foreign policy, domestic politics, and the media examined which policies have fallen victim to political pragmatism and which have been delivered, sometimes in the face of fierce opposition. There was also an opportunity for attendees to engage with the speakers.


  • John Barron
    John Barron
    Journalist and broadcaster, ABC

    John Barron was previously an Honorary Associate at the US Studies Centre. He is anchor of “Planet America” on ABC-TV and author of the book “Vote For Me” about the 2008 Presidential campaign.

  • The Honourable Kim Beazley, AC
    Member of the Council of Advisors, United States Studies Centre

    The Honourable Kim Beazley AC is a member of the US Studies Centre Council of Advisors. Mr Beazley was Ambassador to the United States of America from February 2010 to January 2016. Upon returning to Australia he has been appointed as President of the Australian Institute for International Affairs, Co-Chairman of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue and Distinguished Fellow at both the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and the Perth USAsia Centre. In 2009, Mr Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia.

  • Damien Cave
    Australia Bureau Chief, The New York Times

    Damien Cave is the Australia Bureau Chief for The New York Times. He’s covered more than a dozen countries for The Times, including Mexico, Cuba, Iraq and Lebanon.

  • Adam Creighton
    Economics Correspondent, The Australian

    Adam Creighton is an award-winning economics journalist with a special interest in tax and financial policy. He spent most of 2016 at the Wall Street Journal in Washington DC. He won the Citi Journalism Award for Excellence in 2015, and was runner up in the internationally recognised Bastiat Prize for Journalism in 2014. He started his career at the Reserve Bank of Australia and studied economics at Oxford, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar.

  • 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).

  • Barbara Heineback
    Strategic consultant for President Bill Clinton’s Administration

    Barbara Heineback was the first African American woman to serve as a press officer to a First Lady (Rosalynn Carter). Heineback served as a consultant through her firm to non-profit, corporate, and private clients around the globe. Heineback also served as a strategic consultant for President Bill Clinton’s Administration, the NAACP, Scripps Healthcare, Silicon Graphics, Biotechs, the Bi-national Emergency Medical Care Committee and the San Francisco Library.

  • Professor Valerie Hudson
    Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair, Texas A&M University

    Dr Valerie Hudson is Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair at Texas A&M University. An expert on international security and foreign policy analysis, as well as gender and security, she received her PhD in political science at The Ohio State University and came to Texas A&M University from a senior faculty position at Brigham Young University. She is the 2017 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the Australian National University.

  • Sara James
    Correspondent, NBC News

    Sara James is an Emmy award-winning journalist who appears on ABC News Breakfast, ABC News 24 and other ABC broadcasts. As a correspondent for NBC News and Dateline NBC based in New York, she filed reports from Sudan, Bosnia and Croatia, Pakistan, Haiti, the Mideast, Japan and China, Australia and New Zealand and all fifty of the United States.

  • Stephen Loosley, AM
    Stephen Loosley, AM
    Non-Resident Senior Fellow, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

    Stephen Loosley served in the Australian Parliament during the Hawke and Keating Governments where he chaired both the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and the Senate Regulations Committee.

  • 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.

  • 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.