The United States Studies Centre in association with the NSW Government and the American Australian Association held a forum on the Impact of the US Presidential Election on Australia and the Asia Pacific featuring expert panelists The Hon Andrew Stoner MP, NSW Deputy Premier; Professor James Fallows, Chair in US Media at the United States Studies Centre and National Correspondent for The Atlantic; and Huw McKay, Senior International Economist, Westpac Banking Corporation. The moderator was Geoff Elliott from the The Australian.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will contest the US Presidential Election on 6 November. The outcome will not only have significant effects on America, it will also have major consequences for the US’s global role including its impact on the global economy and America’s pivot to Asia and its relationship with China. The international panel of political and economic experts addressed what Obama II or Romney I would mean for Australia and the region.