Making sense of America—the election and beyond In conversation with Kerry O’Brien and Jeff Bleich
Kerry O’Brien and former United States Ambassador to Australia Jeff Bleich discussed the 2020 US election.
The November 2020 presidential contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was not only important for the United States, but for the world. The future of this region will be shaped by the outcome.
The USA has been deeply polarised. The division made this a momentous time in human history even more difficult for political leaders to navigate. The global pandemic, climate change, deteriorating relations with China and the unstoppable rise of the digital age, are each huge challenges. On the streets in the US, inequality, social unrest, deep racial divisions and armed militias challenge long-established institutions. That they are all demand attention at the same time adds to the complexity. Whatever the outcome, no corner of American society will be untouched by the nation’s decision on November 3.
Jeff Bleich brought his unique understanding of the inner workings of US politics, law, business and international diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific to HOTA. He knows Australia well and is uniquely well-placed to reflect on what the outcome of the election will mean for us. He understands the emerging threats and opportunities of the digital age better than most; he has thought deeply about the impact of technology on democracy.
Less than a week before the election, Jeff Bleich provided an invaluable guide to what is at stake. It is a conversation not to miss.
#A Better Future For All Series
In partnership with Griffith University, HOTA presents a series of critical conversations focusing on unlocking knowledge from influential thinkers and leaders.
Helmed by master broadcaster and journalist Kerry O’Brien, the series will feature intimate conversations with key thought-leaders, and people with a focus on solutions and engagement. At the heart of these conversations is a commitment to understanding the intersection of ideas and actions affecting our daily lives.
These dialogues aim to provide a much-needed forum for robust and unfettered discussion about where we are, and how we are responding to one of this century’s greatest challenges.
After the pandemic: Imagining the future Kerry O'Brien in conversation with Professor Nigel McMillan, Dr Rebecca Huntley and Mik Auckland
Kerry O'Brien in conversation with Professor Nigel McMillan, Dr Rebecca Huntley and Mik Auckland