AIIA National Conference 2016

The AIIA National Conference 2016 was an opportunity to engage and promote understanding of Australia foreign policy. Building on the success of previous years, the AIIA’s 2016 National Conference brought together some of Australia’s leading international affairs experts to discuss Australia’s foreign policy objectives and priorities in world affairs. Highlights included:

  • Record participation with more than 380 attendees
  • High levels of youth engagement, with more than 100 students attending
  • Successful Masterclass program, which provided a chance for students to engage in intimate discussion with prominent experts across seven fields
  • Attendance of representatives from around 30 foreign missions in Canberra
  • Dynamic and engaging discussion throughout all sessions
  • Significant media coverage in TV, radio, Twitter and print media
  • Ongoing contribution to debate through online discussion

Program: AIIA National Conference 2016

Outcome Report: AIIA National Conference 2016 Outcome Report

Bios of attendees: AIIA National Conference 2016 Bios 


Peter Varghese AO – Australia’s Uncertain Strategic Environment

Senator Richard Di Natale – Trump’s Election: An Ally’s Worst Nightmare

Senator the Hon Penny Wong – Foreign Policy in the New International Disorder

Jennifer Westacott – Why Brexit and Trump Will Not Occur in Australia 

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The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG FAIIA, former Justice of the High Court of Australia, spoke at the 2016 AIIA National Conference on the topic of principles in global politics. He discussed these issues in an interview with Ella Pyman of the AIIA’s National Office on the sidelines of the conference.

Geraldine Doogue, broadcaster and journalist, spoke at the 2016 AIIA National Conference on the role of civil society in international affairs. In this interview with Flavia Zimmerman of the AIIA for WA she discussed the role of the media in framing views of international affairs.

George Megalogenis, journalist and author, spoke at the 2016 AIIA National Conference on the topic of ‘Enhancing Australia’s Prosperity’. In this interview with Steven Warwick of the AIIA’s National Office he discussed the role and structure of migration in Australia’s economic development and the potential divisions it may cause.