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The next American election will decide the future of capitalism, at a time when the global economy and environment – and America’s status as a world superpower – are precarious.
On the eve of the election, senior foreign policy commentators Greg Sheridan and Peter Hartcher will speculate on the outcome of the presidential race, and discuss the impact – in foreign policy terms – of either a Democrat or Republican in the top job.
What would happen to the ‘special friendship’ between the northern empire and its ‘deputy sheriff in the Pacific’ under a Romney government? And what would the relationship be between Obama and a potential Tony Abbott, PM? With Sally Warhaft.
Peter Hartcher is the political editor and international editor of the Sydney Morning Herald. He is a Gold Walkley award winner, a former foreign correspondent in Tokyo and Washington, and a visiting fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.
Harcher's latest book is The Sweet Spot: How Australia Made its Own Luck and Could Now Throw it All Away. His 2005 book, Bubble Man: Alan Greenspan and the Missing Seven Trillion Dollars, foresaw the collapse of the US housing market and the economic slump that followed.
Greg Sheridan is the Australian’s foreign editor, and one of the most influential foreign affairs analysts in Australian journalism. After 35 years in the field, he is a veteran of international affairs who has interviewed leaders all over the Asia Pacific and America.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She hosts the Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, now in its ninth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.
Just a few short weeks from now, millions of Americans will go to the polls. It’s an election that will decide the future of a superpower – and a world – on the precipice of economic and environmental crisis. As the campaign heats up, we take a look at new-millennium America: its politics, its polarised media and its vibrant creative culture. And we ask: how long will America continue to dominate the global conversation?
Also included in this series is our Intelligence Squared debate, Western Civilisation is in Terminal Decline.