Can We Trust America? Our Closest Ally in the Time of COVID

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Event details

Panel discussion

Date & time

Thursday 18 June 2020


Virtual event


Brendan Taylor; Gorana Grgic; Kelly Magsamen; Jonathan Pearlman


Tess Harwood

The ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs and Australian Foreign Affairs will host an important discussion of Australia’s closest ally in the time of COVID, as its dominance in the Asia-Pacific faces challenge from China and its “America First” foreign policy marks a shift away from global engagement.

Lead contributors to the latest issue of Australian Foreign Affairs Brendan Taylor, Kelly Magamen and Michael Wesley are joined by the US Studies Centre’s Gorana Grgic to take a hard look at the changing status of the United States.

Moderator: Jonathan Pearlman, Editor of Australian Foreign Affairs.


Brendan Taylor is a Professor of Strategic Studies and Deputy Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. He specialises in great power strategic relations in the Asia-Pacific, economic sanctions and regional security architecture.

Michael Wesley is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor International. He has extensive experience in international strategy and relations. Previously, Professor Wesley was Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University.

Gorana Grgic is a jointly appointed Lecturer at the Department of Government and International Relations as well as at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Kelly Magsamen is the Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress. Prior to this, she was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, as well as holding various other national security positions.

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