Australia & the Pacific Panel
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.