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Crawford School of Public Policy presents

Crawford School PhD Conference 2015 – Friends and partners: the future of regional groupings among Asia-Pacific countries

Public conference


When:

24th November 2015
9am-5pm

Where:

Crawford School of Public Policy, Lennox Crossing, ANU

Speakers:

Gareth Evans, ANU Chancellor
Rory Medcalf, Head of the National Security College, Crawford School, ANU
Graeme Barty, Acting Executive Director, International Operations Group, Austrade
María Luisa González, Minister for G20, Economic Affairs and International Cooperation, Embassy of Mexico in Australia
Adrian O’Connell, Deputy CEO, Standards Australia
Tony Wood, Director, Energy Program, Grattan Institute

Cost:

Free

The 2015 Crawford School PhD conference focuses on the prospects, issues and impacts in one of the most important areas of policy for Australia and its neighbours: the dynamics of groupings within the Asia Pacific.

The ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ White Paper (2012) forecast that the scale and pace of Asia’s rise in the coming decades would continue to be extraordinary. In addition to being the most populous region in the world, the White Paper noted that the Asia Pacific had the potential to become the globe’s biggest economic zone, the biggest consumption zone and the home to the majority of the world’s middle class. Together with that background, many Asia-Pacific countries are now members, or are seeking to become members, of a host of existing or developing regional/international groupings. This presents exciting opportunities and challenges for Australia and its neighbours.

The conference provides a forum for students, academics, business interests, and policymakers to consider the issues at play in these bilateral and multilateral relationships: What dynamics, constraints and levers operate at the local, national, and regional levels? What are the domestic and wider international implications for governments, and the non-government and private sectors? Will efforts towards future regional cooperation be compatible with existing regional arrangements?

For the first time, the conference welcomes the participation and contribution of the National Security College, adding an important perspective on security and strategic analysis.

Register via Eventbrite (registration is free).

View the conference website for the program and more information.

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