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Australia & the Pacific Panel

Speakers Stephanie Copus Campbell, Prof Richard Herr OAM and Graeme Dobell

ASPI warmly invites you to attend a panel discussion to consider three new reports on Australia’s role in and engagement with the Pacific.

Graeme Dobell’s new report ‘Australia’s Pacific Pivot: destiny, duty, denial and desire’ examines how Australia can build economic and security integration in this region while balancing these strategic priorities with the policy of building a Pacific ‘family’. Crucially, he frames the importance of considering both power and people while approaching our relationship with this region. 
Following her keynote speech at ASPI’s 2019 Gala Dinner, Director of Oil Search Foundation, Stephanie Copus-Campbell, will release a Strategic Insights paper on Australia’s engagement with Papua New Guinea. In this paper, she will consider how Australia can more meaningfully engage in development activities in Papua New Guinea.
Pacific expert Richard Herr has published a report on Chinese influence in the Pacific, looking at China’s use of soft power in this region. While exploring this topic, he also looks at Australia’s role in this story and provides insightful recommendations for policymakers approaching this problem.

The publication of these three reports shows Australia’s complex and interconnected relationship within the Pacific. The panelists’ wealth of experience in this region will provide insights into how to best navigate this engagement as Australia ‘steps-up’ in our region.

Following this panel discussion, there will be a moderated Q&A with the audience.

A drinks and canape reception will conclude the event.


Stephanie Copus Campbell

Stephanie Copus Campbell is the Executive Director of the Papua New Guinean (PNG) Oil Search Foundation that implements annual programs f

Prof Richard Herr OAM

Richard Herr has taught at the University of Tasmania since his appointment in October 1972 and has held a variety of positions within the University including Head of Department.

Graeme Dobell

Graeme Dobell, a journalist since 1971, has been reporting on Australian and international politics, foreign affairs and defence, and the Asia Pacific since 1975.