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Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20 (January 21 AEDT).

The Australian National University has experts who can comment on the event and its implications for Australia and our region.

Experts can be contacted directly or through the ANU media office on (02) 6125 7979.


Professor John Hewson
Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
Crawford School of Public Policy
T: 02 6125 1627
E: [email protected]
Expertise: Politics

“Trump is already demonstrating that, like it or not, things will be different. Just look at the response to his threats to US car manufacturers – threatening a hefty tax on GM for the importation of cars built in Mexico, and how Ford, all of a sudden, decided that their planned new plant would now be built in the US rather than in Mexico.

“Also, think about the likely consequences of some of his foreshadowed cabinet and other appointments. For example, focus on the substance of his ‘trade team’ of Ross, Navarro and Lighthizer, all aggressive and anti-China.

“Basically, Trump ran on an ‘anti-establishment’ agenda. He will, and must, deliver against the key elements of this agenda. As such, he will simply not just go away, and the ‘elites’ can't afford to just turn their backs on his reality.”

Professor Rory Medcalf
ANU National Security College
T: 02 6125 7507
E: [email protected]
Expertise: Security policy

“It is already becoming obvious that a Trump presidency will increase global uncertainty and the potential for instability. Trump has no track record in international or security policy.

“The alliance with the United States remains central to our national security. We have no realistic alternative. Our interests are extensive and our capabilities cannot protect them in full. The alliance is broad and deep enough to survive a Trump presidency, so we need not panic. But nor can we relax. We will need to reframe our engagement with the United States in plain terms of national interests – theirs and ours.”


Professor Fiona Jenkins
ANU School of Philosophy
E: [email protected]
T: 02 6125 2727
Expertise: Gender theory

“Women will be rallying all around the world over the next days to protest the threat to a wide range of hard won rights, in urgent need of defending as Trump comes to the Presidency.

“His slogan, Make America Great Again oozes a nostalgia for a past when women ‘knew their place’ and were economically, socially and sexually subordinate to men.

“Trump’s expressed and practiced misogyny has created an extraordinarily retrograde moment for gender equality, which will be felt globally.

“It is more important than ever for men and women to come together in ensuring that the damage is limited, and that basic rights and freedoms are protected from a form of political interference that, far from making America great again, will take it into a very dark age indeed.”


Dr Carolyn Strange
Deputy Head
ANU School of History
E: [email protected]
T: 02 6125 2613
Expertise: North American history

“The inauguration of Donald J. Trump, the man who vowed to ‘make America great again’, brings to mind James Munroe’s inauguration in 1817. The War of 1812 had recently ended. Peace and prosperity beckoned. And Monroe was in a generous mood. ‘The heart of every citizen must expand with joy when he reflects how near our Government has approached to perfection’, he stated. ‘His great object’? To preserve the virtue and enlighten the ‘minds of the people’.”

Associate Professor Matthew Sussex
ANU National Security College
T: 0402 912 461
E: [email protected]
Expertise: Security policy

“From history’s scrapheap, Russia is now seen as ascendant. In particular, it is feared that Russia’s mastery of information operations has helped to deliver – in the form of a Trump Presidency – the three main goals of Putin’s national security policy. These are, the weakening of the NATO alliance and the consolidation of the post-Soviet space under Russian hegemony; a US retreat from the liberal ‘rules-based order’; and the devolution of Western norms from sites of increased conformity to sites of contestation.”

Michelle Price
Senior Adviser, Cyber Security
National Security College
E:[email protected]
T: 02 6125 5531
Expertise: Cyber security policy

“President Trump’s approach to cyber security—and its unusual intersection of issues for national security, economic opportunity and social benefit—is much like other key policy areas of interest to Australia and the world: usually reactionary, often quizzical and at times contradictory.

“His management of these events and on various cyber-related topics more broadly, at least in the public eye, have caused deep concern and great entertainment in equal measure the world over.

“At the very least, this surely sends a message to those who perpetrate cyber attacks against the US that the actions of the Obama administration to improve cyber defences for government and critical infrastructure is at best likely to stall, at worst will weaken (a win for the bad guys on both counts).”

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