The Strategist Selections: Kim Beazley
Speakers The Honourable Kim Beazley AC
ASPI is delighted to invite you to the launch of 'The Strategist Selections: Kim Beazley on the US alliance and Australia's defence and international security'.
From May 2016 to July 2018, Kim Beazley was a distinguished fellow at ASPI and, freed from the constraints of his ministerial, political and ambassadorial roles, Kim wrote with relish and spoke at ASPI events with flair and great enjoyment about Australia’s defence and international security. In the first issue of The Strategist Selections we collect Kim's writing for The Strategist, ASPI’s commentary and analysis site.
Beazley has spent a professional lifetime being deeply immersed in the design and implementation of Australia’s defence and security policy. He steered his side of politics through the global anti-nuclear unrest of the early 1980s to craft an approach to Australia’s alliance with the United States which still enjoys immense support across Australia’s political divide. Beazley thought his way through the challenges of designing the right force structure for the Australian Defence Force and, largely, this is
the force we have today: bigger and better equipped but still reliant on the alliance at a time when Washington has turned inward.
As Australia’s ambassador to the US from February 2010 until January 2016, Kim had a front-row seat to the Obama administration, the rise of Donald Trump, the political fascinations of Congress, the end of China’s ‘peaceful rise’ era, and the return of a revanchist, high-stakes-gambling Russia. Beazley was the source of the best-informed advice on alliance management to five Australian prime ministers. Few Australians have been such informed observers of the US and had such deep insights into the alliance relationship and the intelligence, defence and diplomatic mechanisms that shape Australia’s most important international relationship.
While Kim Beazley returns to public service once again as Governor of Western Australia, we are delighted to offer his ‘collected thoughts’ as an ASPI distinguished fellow. His views on some of the most difficult international security problems we face deserve careful consideration.
A drinks and canape reception will conclude the event.