Today's Australian quotes Brendan O'Connor - a "leading expert" on anti-Americanism - claiming that next Tuesday's presidential election will have a decisive impact on anti-Americanism in Australia. If John McCain is elected, it is likely to "flare up". He attributes this view to polls showing support for Obama in the country, with 62% of Australians believing ties with America would improve under a President Obama.
Associate-Professor O'Connor also observes of Australia's politicians the degree to which neither party leader has attempted to make electoral use of anti-Americanism. This is in contast to the approach of the last German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder (right), who made much of his opposition to the Bush Administration during the country's 2002 Federal Elections, in which he was re-elected. However, he predicts that in fact relations between the new Australian Prime Minister's predecessor John Howard and the departing President George W. Bush were so strong they may be difficult to match.
In one of our web briefings discussing anti-Americanism, America in the World asked if Barack Obama's election would in fact provide the answer to global anti-Americanism.