What’s at stake for US-Australia-Asia relations under President Trump?

When

6.00pm–7.30pm

2 May 2017

Where

King & Wood Mallesons, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000

Type

Public event

Topics

Politics

The first 100 days of Donald Trump’s administration created uncertainty about the trajectory of US foreign policy towards Asia and Australia. While there was a good deal of continuity in America’s principal security guarantees towards Japan, South Korea and Australia, there were also significant changes to Asia policy.

With the Trans-Pacific Partnership cancelled and the ‘rebalance to Asia’ called off, what can we expect from the new administration in the Asia-Pacific? And how should Australia and its leaders react? Trump has already spurred a reinvigorated debate in Australia about the US alliance and our place in the region, making public discussion of US-Asia-Australia relations more important than ever.

This event entailed a broad-ranging conversation about US Asia policy and Australia-US relations with Ambassador David B. Shear and other distinguished local and international experts.

What’s at stake for US-Australia-Asia relations under President Trump?
 
 

Featuring

  • Ambassador David B. Shear
    Ambassador David B. Shear
    Former US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs

    Ambassador David B. Shear served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs from September 2014 to June 2016, and performed the duties of Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from June 2016 to January 2017. During this period he oversaw the strategic aspects of President Barack Obama’s “rebalance to Asia” alongside Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter.

  • James Brown
    James Brown
    Non-Resident Fellow, United States Studies Centre

    James Brown is a Non-Resident Fellow at the United States Studies Centre. He is also the President of the RSL NSW.

  • Dr Zack Cooper
    Dr Zack Cooper
    Research fellow, American Enterprise Institute

    Zack Cooper is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His research focuses on US defense strategy in Asia, particularly the importance of working closely with regional allies and partners. He has co-authored reports on the US-Australia alliance while working at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He previously served on staff at the US National Security Council and the US Department of Defense. He completed his BA from Stanford University and MPA, MA, and PhD from Princeton University.

  • Julie B. Sheetz
    Global Force Planner, Office of the Secretary of Defense

    Julie Sheetz is a Global Force Planner in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, focusing on United States force posture in the Asia-Pacific, including agreements with allies and partners, the footprint for US forces in the region, and the combination of force structure – in personnel and capabilities – stationed in this critical area.

  • Ashley Townshend
    Ashley Townshend
    Director, Foreign Policy and Defence, United States Studies Centre

    Ashley Townshend is Director, Foreign Policy and Defence at the United States Studies Centre. He works on US-Asia relations, alliance politics, and international security. He also lectures at the University of Sydney and previously worked at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.