As the fault lines of American politics continue to shift ahead of November’s presidential election, a panel of leading political minds convene to share their insights and predictions. How have populism, nativism and democratic socialism each reshaped the contest, what is Donald Trump’s possible path to victory, and how is the likely Democratic nominee best placed to seize the Senate, House and presidency itself? Gorana Grgic surveys the state of play with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post Philip Rucker and eminent United States Studies Centre scholar Charles Edel.

Philip Rucker (International)

Philip Rucker

Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, leading its coverage of President Trump and his administration. He is co-author with Carol Leonnig of A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America. Rucker and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for their reporting on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Rucker joined the Post in 2005 and has previously covered Congress, the Obama White House, and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. He serves as an on-air political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and graduated from Yale University with a degree in history.

Charles Edel (Australian)

Charles Edel

Dr Charles Edel is Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Prior to this appointment, he was Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Naval War College, and served on the U.S. Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff from 2015-2017. In that role, he advised the Secretary of State on political and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, he has worked at Peking University's Center for International and Strategic Studies as a Henry Luce Scholar, was awarded the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and taught high school history in New York City. He is the co-author of The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order and Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic. In addition to his scholarly publications, his writings regularly appear in The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, and various other outlets. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Yale University, and received a B.A. in Classics from Yale College.

Gorana Grgic (Australian)

Gorana Grgic

Dr Gorana Grgic is a jointly appointed Lecturer at the Department of Government and International Relations and the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Center for European Studies in 2018-2019. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education – School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Her research interests include US foreign policy, transatlantic relations, conflict resolution and democratisation. Gorana has been a regular political analyst for the ABC News Australia and has contributed to a number of Australian and international media outlets and policy institutes.