Australia's Strategic Interests in the Asia-Pacific
Hon Alexander Downer AC, Australian High Commissioner to the UK
Dr Michael Fullilove, Executive Director, Lowy Institute for International Policy
Chair: Lord Michael Williams, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
The Asia-Pacific region is characterized by rapid economic development and an ever-changing geopolitical environment. Given its unique geographical position, Australia faces a range of growing strategic challenges, such as North Korea, Sino-Japanese tensions and the maritime dispute in the South China Sea. Regional events and developments, such as the recent elections in India and Indonesia, are also likely to have important implications both for Australia’s bilateral relations and foreign policy as a whole.
Australia’s strategic policy is framed by the region’s emerging institutional architecture, with ASEAN and the East Asia Summit (EAS) becoming ever-more important policy platforms. This meeting will consider these developments, with brief presentations by and discussion between the panellists.
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