The 2016 race has proved to be one of the most unpredictable elections in modern times, with a host of larger than life characters presenting striking challenges to party elites and proving the pundits wrong over and over again. How did we get here and what issues are likely to define the next six months until Election Day? And who is most likely to win the White House?

To discuss these important issues and how they might affect Australia, the US Studies Centre hosted a panel discussion with: 

  • Sarah Ellen Graham, lecturer in US Foreign Policy at the United States Studies Centre
  • Professor Leonie Huddy, professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and visiting fellow at the United States Studies Centre
  • Professor Simon Jackman, Chief Executive Officer at the United States Studies Centre
  • Stephen Loosely, Chair of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and a former Labor senator and president of the Australian Labor Party.

Moderated by Tom Switzer, research associate at the United States Studies Centre, the speakers tackled issues that have defined the campaign thus far and what can be expected from the candidates as Election Day edges closer.

Predicting the Unpredictable