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State of the Region 2018 Masterclass Canberra

Speakers Mr Greg Moriarty, The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Peter Jennings, Andrew Davies, Laura Tingle , Isaac Kfir, Fergus Hanson, Dr Leonid Petrov, Rod Lyon and Huong Le Thu

The State of the Region Masterclass is a one-day intensive program providing a strategic update and outlook for the year ahead.


A team of Australia’s leading defence and security experts will explore the critical issues and challenges facing the region.

This event is now sold out. Please contact [email protected] to be placed on the wait list. 


  • Mr Greg Moriarty, Secretary, Department of Defence 
    Australia's defence priorities and challenges in 2018
  • Mr Philip Green, First Assistant Secretary, US & Indo-Pacific Strategy Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    Implementing the DFAT White Paper 
  • Mr Peter Jennings, Executive Director, ASPI
    Strategic overview for the year ahead 
  • MAJGEN Greg Bilton AM, CSC, Deputy Chief of Joint Operations Command, HQJOC 
    Operational outlook for 2018
  • Dr Isaac Kfir, Director of National Security Programs and Head of Counter-Terrorism Policy Centre, ASPI
    Terrorism in the region - the year ahead 
  • Dr Andrew Davies, Director - Defence & Strategy Program, ASPI
    Asia-Pacific Update: Japan 
  • Dr Huong Le Thu, Senior Analyst, ASPI 
    Asia-Pacific Update: China 
  • Mr Fergus Hanson, Head of International Cyber Policy Centre, ASPI
    Cyber in the region - the year ahead 
  • Dr Rod Lyon, Senior Fellow
    North Korea
  • Dr Leonid Petrov, Visiting Fellow, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University
    North Korea
  • The Hon Kim Beazley AC, Distinguished Fellow, ASPI
    Panel: How the major powers engage with the Asia-Pacific 
  • Ms Laura Tingle, Political Editor, Australian Financial Review
    Panel: How the major powers engage with the Asia-Pacific 
  • Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, Vice Chief of the Defence Force 
    Keynote Address

The Masterclass will conclude with a drinks and canape reception.


Mr Greg Moriarty

Mr Moriarty commenced as Secretary of the Department of Defence on 4 September 2017.

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC

Kim Beazley is a Senior Fellow at ASPI. 

Mr Beazley was elected to the Federal Parliament in 1980 and represented the electorates of Swan (1980-96) and Brand (1996-2007). 

Peter Jennings

Peter Jennings is a Senior Fellow and was the executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) from May 2012 to May 2022.

Andrew Davies

Andrew was the inaugural Director of ASPI's Defence & Strategy Program a post which he held until March 2018

Laura Tingle

Journalist, Essayist and Author Laura Tingle has spent most of her 35 year career reporting on Australian federal politics, and the country’s major policy debate.

Isaac Kfir

Isaac Kfir was Deputy Director of the Defence, Strategy and National Security program and Head of the Counter-terrorism policy centre until the end of 2019.

Fergus Hanson

Fergus Hanson was the Director of ASPI's International Cyber Policy Centre until Jan 2023.

Dr Leonid Petrov

Leonid Petrov graduated from the Department of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg State University in 1994, where he majored in Korean History and Language.

Rod Lyon

Dr Rod Lyon is a Senior Fellow - International Strategy. Rod was most recently a Senior Analyst with ASPI.

Huong Le Thu

Dr Huong Le Thu was a senior analyst at ASPI, Defence and Strategy Program.