United States in Decline? Problems and Possibilities in Biden’s America and Beyond.

The United States is living through tumultuous times. The impact of the global pandemic is still lingering, economic conditions deteriorating and there are significant geopolitical challenges. These are occurring when there is disunity in the United States exemplified by the storming of the Capitol, the overturning of the Roe v Wade decision and the racial justice riots across the country.

President Biden came to office promising to unite the country, which was clearly divided and angry. Two years into his presidency there are signs that rather than united, the country is more divided.

Professor Michael Ondaatje, Head of the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, and Professor of History, at Griffith University is a life member of the Newcastle Institute. As prize-winning researcher and teacher and a regular commentator on American history and politics in the media Professor Ondaatje will examine the current state of the United States. His analysis will consider the current challenges in the context of the mid-term elections and examine the possibilities for the future of the United States under Biden and beyond his term.

Now more than ever it is critical for Australia to understand the challenges faced by the United States. In the face of an increasingly ambitious and authoritarian China, our position in the Asia Pacific and our relationship with our traditional ally United States will influence policy of the future.

The Forum is open to the public.  A donation of $10 is requested from non-members.

November 9th, 6pm till 7.30pm at South Leagues Club, Llewellyn St Merewether

The Forum will be free to watch live on the Newcastle Institute Facebook page. The webinar recording will also be available on the Institute’s website after the event.  



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