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The United S##### tates is entering a new era, in which it is no longer the world’s unrivalled superpower. This is posing unfamiliar challenges for the US at a time when Washington is already paralysed by its partisan divides. Can the US maintain its traditional dominance of Asia? If so, how? And what will this mean for allies like Australia? In this US election year, leading thinkers consider the options facing Australia’s closest ally and how Canberra should respond.
Professor Brendan Taylor is Professor of Strategic Studies and Deputy Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. He is the author or editor of 12 books, including The Four Flashpoints: How Asia Goes to War (Black Inc, 2018). His writings have also appeared in Survival, The Washington Quarterly, International Affairs, The Pacific Review, Asia Policy and Australian Foreign Affairs.
Felicity Ruby is a PhD candidate at Sydney University. Her research is focused on Australia’s role in the Five Eyes intelligence sharing arrangement and transnational political movements resisting mass surveillance. She advised Scott Ludlam for his first six years in the Senate. Prior to this she headed the UN Office for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and was a policy adviser at the UN Development Fund for Women and Greenpeace International.
Professor Bruce W. Jentleson has served in a number of US foreign policy positions, most recently as Senior Advisor to the State Department Policy Planning Director (2009-11) and chair of a Hillary Clinton 2016 foreign policy working group. He is the William Preston Few Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at Duke University. He also is a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. His most recent book is The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmanship (2018). Bruce is currently visiting the ANU as the 2020 Des Ball Chair.