Global Leadership Series: Trump talks from UQ Alumni on Vimeo.

100 Days.  Is this what we expected?  Is this what the American people deserve?  What hopes and fears do experts have for the next 1,360 days of the first Trump Presidency? The event will showcase UQ research and engagement in political science, foreign and security policy, history, multilateral regimes (trade, environment), and communications.

The event will be moderated by Professor Joanne Wright, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).


Trump Talk 1 -  Implications for Australia.  Associate Professor Andrew Phillips (POLSIS);  

Trump Talk 2 - Multilateral regimes (trade and environment).  Professor Karen Hussey (GCI);

Trump Talk 3 - Flashpoints in the Pacific.  Associate Professor Sarah Percy (POLSIS);

Trump Talk 4 - Communications revolution.  Dr Nic Carah (CommArts);

Trump Talk 5 - Trump and the ancients.  Professor Alastair Blanshard (HPI).


Professor Karen Hussey

Karen is Deputy Director of the Global Change Institute at the University Queensland. Trained as a political scientist and economist, Karen’s research is in the area of public policy and governance, particularly relating to sustainable development. Karen has led or been involved in numerous research grants and consultancies in the last decade and has authored or co-authored over 70 publications in the area of water policy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and international trade. Karen was based in Brussels for four years as the ANU Vice Chancellor’s Representative in Europe and she currently holds a number of board appointments in the non-for-profit sector. 

Associate Professor Sarah Percy

Sarah Percy is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland (UQ) and the Deputy Director of its Graduate Centre for Governance and International Affairs. Her research focuses on unconventional combatants, including pirates, mercenaries and private military and security companies. She is interested in maritime security, particularly threats posed by organized crime at sea. Her research on piracy was featured in the production notes of the film Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks.

Professor Alastair Blanshard

Professor Alastair Blanshard BA(Hons), MA(QLD), PhD (Cantab.), FAHA, FSA.  Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History, and Deputy Head of the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Prior to returning to Queensland, Alastair taught at Cambridge, Merton College, Oxford, the University of Reading, and the University of Sydney. He is the author of a number of books as topics such as the figure of Heracles in Western Culture, the afterlife of Greco-Roman erotica, and the representation of Greece and Rome in Cinema. His most recent book is The Classical World: All that Matters. He is currently editing a collection of papers on the topic of Oscar Wilde and Classics.

Dr Nicholas Carah

Nicholas Carah is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication and Arts. He is the author of Brand Machines, Sensory Media and Calculative Culture (Palgrave MacMillan 2016), Media & Society: Production, Content and Participation (Sage, 2015), and Pop Brands: branding, popular music and young people (Peter Lang 2010).  Nicholas’ research examines the increasingly complicated interplay between our everyday lives and the calculative power of digital media. He is interested in the expanding capacity of media technologies to orchestrate, sense and intervene in our cultural experience. He has focussed in particular in the development of participatory and data-driven uses of smartphones and social media by alcohol brands, how digital media affect the design of cultural space, and the increasing capacity of machine learning algorithms on media platforms like Facebook and Instagram to make judgments about our cultural lives via the content of our images, our movements and our exchanges with one another. He co-convenes the Bachelor of Communication at UQ, with a particular focus on the Digital Media major.

Associate Professor Andrew Phillips

Andrew Phillips (PhD, Cornell) is an Associate Professor in International Relations and Strategy in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the global state system’s evolution from 1500 to the present, and on contemporary security challenges in East and South Asia, with a particular focus on Great Power rivalry and counter-terrorism. He is the author of War, Religion and Empire: The Transformation of International Orders (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and (with J.C. Sharman) International Order in Diversity: War, Trade and Rule in the Indian Ocean (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He has articles published or forthcoming in European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Review, International Studies Quarterly, Millennium, Review of International Studies, Pacific Review, Survival, Australian Journal of International Affairs, National Identities, and Security Challenges.

About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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