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US Midterm Election Watch
US voters are heading to the polls later this year, with chatter already beginning about what it would mean if the Democrats regain control of Congress.
Many see the midterm elections as a test of President Trump's administration.
The US midterm elections are held halfway through a president's four-year term and are generally considered a check on their performance. This year, voting will take place on 6 November. At a federal level, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives are in contention, while a third of the Senate is up for grabs.
Both the House and Senate are currently controlled by the Republicans. But that could change come November.
If there is a change what does it mean for Australia? Would US Trade Policy change? How much harder would it be for President Trump to dictate the terms?
AmCham and The University of Melbourne have assembled an expert panel to discuss these issues and more.
This discussion will be moderated by Ali Moore, Vice Chancellor´s Fellow, University of Melbourne. Ali is a highly respected senior journalist and broadcaster, known for her work at the ABC, the Nine Network and the BBC.
• Associate Professor Tim Lynch: University of Melbourne
Tim Lynch is Associate Professor in American Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Tim specialises in the history, politics and ideology of American foreign policy. His books include Turf War: the Clinton Administration and Northern Ireland (Ashgate, 2004) and US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion (Routledge, 2013). His co-authored book (with RS Singh), After Bush: the Case for Continuity in American Foreign Policy (Cambridge, 2008), won the Richard Neustadt Book Prize and became a best-selling international security text. He is editor of the two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History (2013). He is currently writing a Cambridge history of post-cold war US foreign policy. His articles have appeared in the British Journal of Politics and IR, International Affairs, and International Politics. He has contributed 12 chapters to edited volumes. His op-eds have appeared in the Age, the Australian, the Conversation, the Herald Sun, and the Wall Street Journal. He teaches popular electives in American Politics, Great Power Politics, and US Foreign policy. A graduate of the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme (2016), Tim was Associate Dean and Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Melbourne from 2013-2017. In this role, he oversaw the largest expansion in graduate student recruitment in the Faculty’s history. He is creator and convenor of the sell-out 10 Great Books Melbourne Masterclass. A Fulbright Scholar, Tim has a PhD in Political Science from Boston College, Mass. He is a citizen of Australia and Great Britain.
• Bruce Wolpe, Visiting Fellow, United States Studies Centre
Bruce Wolpe is a Visiting Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and is a contributor on American politics to Sky News. He has served as a Senior Adviser to Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia from 2012-13, and is Chief of Staff to the former prime minister. Previously, Bruce served as Senior Advisor to Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which was responsible for enactment of much of President Obama's legislative agenda in the first term, including the landmark health reform law. From 1998-2009, Bruce was Director, Corporate Affairs for Fairfax Media Limited, based in Sydney. Bruce is co-author, with Bryan Marshall, of The Committee: A Study of Policy, Power and Politics and Obama's Historic Legislative Agenda on Capitol Hill (University of Michigan Press, 2018) and is author of Lobbying Congress: How The System Works (Congressional Quarterly Books, 1990, 1996).
• Emma Shortis, Fox-Zucker Fellow, Yale University; PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne
Emma Shortis is a PhD Candidate in History at The University of Melbourne. Her thesis centers on the question of how major shifts in international environmental politics are achieved. Specifically, her research tackles a case study of great significance in the history of environmental protection: the abandonment of a nearly completed international agreement that would have allowed mining in the Antarctic, in favor of a new agreement guaranteeing the comprehensive environmental protection of the entire continent. In a climate in which the outcomes of international environmental negotiations are of increasing complexity and significance, this research aims to generate greater understanding of the construction of successful environmental outcomes. Emma is also a Sessional Lecturer at The University of Melbourne, teaching over 100 students the history of the United States in the world. She is often asked to provide media commentary on historical connections to current events in the United States, tailored for an Australian audience. Emma holds a Master’s Degree in International and European Studies from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Melbourne
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