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National Security College presents

Trump v Clinton: lessons in the aftermath of campaign 2016

Public seminar


14th November 2016


Weston Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Associate Professor Michael Clarke, Dr Jennifer Hunt, and Associate Professor Matthew Sussex, National Security College, Crawford School, ANU



This year’s US electoral campaign has been the most controversial and unpredictable in living memory. Regardless of whether we face a Trump or Clinton White House on November 9th, the campaign itself has exposed, unleashed and challenged a whole set of political behaviours that pose deep questions for policy and national security. Following on from the shock of Brexit, is 2016 the year where rules-based global order began to decline? In the US, can the domestic social rifts be fixed, and what would be involved in uniting a deeply divided nation? And what does any of this mean for Australia and our place in the region? Please join us for a public forum where our panel of National Security College (NSC) experts will offer insights into what the Trump v Clinton campaign means for the future.

Associate Professor Michael Clarke is an internationally recognised expert on the history and politics of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China (PRC), Chinese foreign policy in Central Asia, Central Asian geopolitics, and nuclear proliferation and non-proliferation. He has generated thirty-seven peer reviewed publications across these fields of research since 2005 including one sole authored book, one co-authored book, five edited books, ten book chapters and twenty journal articles.

Associate Professor Clarke regularly provides expert media commentary on Uyghur/Xinjiang and Chinese foreign policy-related issues to national and international media including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, LA Times, Voice of America, BBC News, the New York Times, The Guardian and Reuters among others. For the past two years, he has also provided advice and testimony to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission on Chinese policy in Xinjiang and China’s foreign policy in Central Asia and Afghanistan.

Dr Jennifer Hunt specialises in international security with a focus on the intersection of national security, economic and energy security issues. She has published on comparative national security policy in the US and Australia, as well as energy security, economic and political transitions in the Arab Gulf. Nominated for the APSA Best PhD Thesis Prize in 2015, Dr Hunt also holds a PhD and Master’s degree in International Security from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

She has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Gulf. From 2011-2012, she was a visiting researcher at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman. As part of her research and consulting practice, Dr Hunt also attended the World Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi, and studied Arabic at the Qasid Institute in Jordan. Dr Hunt has been student-nominated for teaching awards in two faculties (Arts and Business). She was previously based at the US Studies Centre, the Centre for International Security Studies, and Sydney Business School at the University of Sydney.

Associate Professor Matthew Sussex is the Academic Director at the National Security College. His main research specialisation is on Russian foreign and security policy, but his interests also cover: government and politics in Eurasia; strategic studies; terrorism and counter-terrorism; energy security; and Australian foreign policy. He is particularly interested in contemporary trends in violent conflict, especially in ‘hybrid’ warfare and in the evolution of propaganda.

Prior to joining the NSC, Associate Professor Sussex was Director of Politics and International Relations at the University of Tasmania. He has served on the National Executive of the Australian Institute for International Affairs and has been Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of International Affairs. He is also currently a Non-resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Associate Professor Sussex’s research has previously been awarded funding by the Australian Research Council (Discovery Projects), the Australia-US Fulbright Commission and the International Studies Association, among others.

Associate Professor Sussex’s recent solo or collaborative book projects include Eurasian Integration, Central Asia and the New Geopolitics of Energy (Palgrave, 2015); Power, Politics and Confrontation in Eurasia (Palgrave, 2015); Violence and the State (Manchester University Press, 2015), and Conflict in the Former USSR (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

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