Susan Glasser and Peter Baker on the 2020 US presidential election

Two of Washington’s most respected and influential journalists join the Lowy Institute to discuss the 2020 US presidential election, Donald Trump’s presidency, and prospects of a Biden White House.

Susan Glasser is a staff writer at The New Yorker and Peter Baker is the Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times.

Glasser and Baker assess the implications of a Trump or Biden win, discuss President Trump’s latest press conference, and discuss the shape of a possible Biden administration. This conversation was chaired by Lowy Institute Executive Director Dr Michael Fullilove and recorded at 1pm AEDT on 6 November 2020.

Susan Glasser was the founding editor of the award-winning Politico Magazine. She went on to become editor of Politico, a position she held throughout the 2016 US presidential election. Prior to her time at Politico, Glasser was editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy. For ten years she was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post. Her weekly column in The New Yorker on life in Donald Trump’s Washington has become an essential source of information and analysis on the current administration.

Peter Baker joined The New York Times in 2008 following 20 years at The Washington Post. During his time as a White House reporter, Baker has covered four presidents — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump. He has also covered Russian politics extensively and served with Glasser as joint Moscow Bureau Chief for the Post from 2000 to 2004. Baker and Glasser have been married since 2000, and in 2020 they published the acclaimed new biography The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III.

Dr Michael Fullilove AM is the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute. He writes widely on Australian and US politics and foreign policy in publications including The New York Times, Financial Times, The Atlantic and Foreign Affairs, as well as in the Australian press. Dr Fullilove is the author of Rendezvous with Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World (Penguin).

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