US Politics and Policy Web Series with special guest Ambassador Jane Hardy



6 August 2021



The United States Studies Centre and Perth USAsia Centre host a monthly web series reviewing the latest in US politics and policy and what this means for Australia.

This month our guest was Ambassador Jane Hardy, who has joined the United States Studies Centre as a Visiting Senior Fellow from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She most recently served as Consul-General in Honolulu from 2018 to 2021 during which time she led Australia’s engagement with US Indo-Pacific Command. 

Ambassador Hardy joined hosts United States Studies Centre Director of Foreign Policy and Defence Ashley Townshend and Perth USAsia Centre CEO Professor Gordon Flake for a discussion on the Biden administration's Indo-Pacific strategy.


  • Jane Hardy
    Jane Hardy
    Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

    Jane Hardy was a Visiting Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the United States Studies Centre in 2021. She is a senior career diplomat from Australia with three decades of service in multiple embassies, predominantly in the Indo-Pacific region. She is a published author and speaker on cultural and strategic matters of key interest to Australia, the United States and regional partners, with a current focus on the evolution of the Australia-US alliance.

  • 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.

  • Professor Gordon Flake
    Professor Gordon Flake
    Chief Executive Officer, Perth USAsia Centre

    Professor Gordon Flake is a member of the US Studies Centre's Board of Directors. He is the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Perth USAsia Centre at The University of Western Australia.

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