VIDEO: Panel Discussion on the US Presidential Election

EVENT VIDEO: On Tuesday 23 October, the AIIA NSW assembled a well-qualified panel to discuss the prospects for the US presidential election: Tom Switzer, Jonathan Tasini and Brendan O’Connor.

Tom Switzer, editor of the Australian Spectator, and a research associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, where he also teaches undergraduate courses in American politics and Australian political and diplomatic history. He is also books editor of American Review, and host of American Talk. In his earlier career, for seven years from 2001 he was opinion page editor of The Australian, and earlier spent three years as an assistant editor at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.

Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor joined the United States Studies Centre in 2009 as associate professor in American Politics. He was previously with the Department of Politics and Public Policy at Griffith University. Brendon was the Australia Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC in 2008 and in 2006 he was a Fulbright fellow at Georgetown University. He is the editor of seven books on anti-Americanism and has also published articles and books on American welfare policy, presidential politics, US foreign policy, and Australian-American relations. He has taught courses on American domestic politics and foreign affairs, and supervised theses on a variety of topics such as anti-Americanism, neo-conservatism, the Iraq War and presidential politics.

Jonathan Tasini has been writing, lecturing and blogging about the American political and economic landscape for more than 25 years. He has worked in electoral and legislative campaigns and is himself a two-time candidate for Congress (the U.S. Senate in 2006 and the U.S. House in 2010). He has written extensively on economic, political and labor affairs for a wide variety of publications and organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Playboy.

The discussion was chaired by AIIA NSW president, Colin Chapman, who has covered or closely followed US presidential campaigns since the election of President Richard Nixon in 1968.

Full Event Video

Tom Switzer on Why Mitt Romney Will Win

Jonathan Tasini on Why Barack Obama Will Win

Brendan O’Connor on Why People Care About the Election

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