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National Office Past Events 2017

Security3: Food Security, Biosecurity and National Security in the Melanesian Arc 22 February

The AIIA jointly organised a one-day event with the Crawford Fund on the topic of Security3: Food Security, Biosecurity and National Security in the Melanesian Arc on 22 February, 2017. The event aimed to enhance understanding of security concerns in the Melanesian region by bringing together diverse perspectives from foreign affairs, aid, defence, biosecurity, agriculture and fisheries. Recommendations from the workshop will contribute towards consultations for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper.

For the program click here.

For PowerPoint slides and recordings click here.

National Office Past Events 2016

National Conference 2016 21 November 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 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 Outcome Report

Bios of attendees: AIIA National Conference 2016 Bios

Speech and Interviews: AIIA National Conference 2016 

Photos are available in the Media Library

Indonesia-Australia Dialogue 2016 28 – 30 August  The third Indonesia-Australia Dialogue, hosted by the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Australia Indonesia Centre was held from 28-30 August in Yogyakarta.Supported by the Australian and Indonesian governments, the aim of the dialogue was to increase understanding and interaction between Australia and Indonesia.The Dialogue generated discussion of new ideas to strengthen relations including working groups on business; education and research; media; and social and cultural domains.Participants included:

  • John McCarthy AO FAIIA
  • The Hon John Anderson AO, former Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the National Party
  • Professor the Hon Stephen Smith, former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Australian Labor Party
  • Greg Earl, former Asia-Pacific Editor, Australian Financial Review
  • David Uren, Economics Editor, The Australian
  • Lynley Marshall, CEO, ABC International
  • Christine Holgate, CEO, Blackmores
  • Chris Sargent, QBE Insurance
  • Astrid Vasile, CEO, GV Construction
  • Rohini Kappadath, Chair of Multicultural Ministerial Business Advisory Council
  • Paul Ramadge, Director, Australia-Indonesia Centre
  • Professor Tim Lindsey, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Caroline McMillen, Vice-Chancellor, University of Newcastle
  • Professor Cheryl Praeger AM FAA, University of Western Australia
  • Bill Farmer AO, former Ambassador
  • Associate Professor Greg Fealy, Australian National University
  • Michael Abbott AO QC, Chariman of Board of Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Joseph Mitchell, Director, Oz Asia Festival
  • Holly Ransom, CEO, Emergent Solutions

For the final program and bios of all participants click here.

For the final Record of Discussion click here.

For the final Outcome Report click here.

AIIA-KF Korea-Oceania Next Generation Policy Experts Network Seoul Study Tour 2016 24 July – 30 July The AIIA in partnership with the Korea Foundation co-organised an invitation-only study tour to Seoul for a group of up and coming Australian academics and young professionals in international affairs. The Australian delegation included:

  • Geoffrey Ewing, President of the Queensland Branch, AIIA
  • Rory MacNeil, National Office Operations Manager, AIIA
  • Elizabeth Thurbon, Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales
  • Kai He, Associate Professor, Griffith University
  • Pichamon Yeophantong, Assistant Professor, University of New South Wales
  • Benjamin Habib, Lecturer, La Trobe University
  • Christopher Richardson, University of Sydney
  • David Lang, Analyst and Managing Editor, ASPI
  • Sean Jesudason, Pathway Partnerships Coordinator, Deakin University
  • Czeslaw Tubilewicz, Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide
  • Ciara O’Loughlin, Trainee Lawyer, AIIA WA Young Professionals Network
  • Alexander Willox, Policy Officer, Migration Council Australia

The schedule for the study tour included 7 dialogues and 4 networking events with senior representatives from Korea’s government and civil society. The study tour also included meetings with international journalists based in Korea and a full-day dialogue on Korean politics with over 40 alumni representatives from the Korea Foundation’s Next Generation Policy Experts Network across the US and Europe.

For the final Outcome Report click here.

South China Sea dialogue with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs 14 July The AIIA hosted an intimate invitation-only dialogue on South China Sea issues between a visiting delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Australian academics.The delegation included:

  • Ambassador Chen Shiqiu, former Permanent Representative and Ambassador of China to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna and former Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia.
  • Dr Ruan Zongze, Executive Vice President and senior fellow at the China Institute of International Studies.

With South China Sea issues very much in debate – and with a decision from the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Republic of Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China reached just two days prior to the visit – there was benefit in frank discussion and sharing of Australian and Chinese perspectives on these issues.

Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program 24 May The AIIA partnered with the Australia Indonesia Centre on the 2016 Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program, holding a diplomatic masterclass for participants in conjunction with ACT Branch.
Australia-Indonesia Leaders Program Speakers
Forum on Ministers for Foreign Affairs, 1972-83 19 May The AIIA hosted its third forum on Ministers for Foreign Affairs. May’s forum focused on the Whitlam/Fraser years of 1972-83. A series of panels discussed Australia’s relations with China and Japan, relations with the US and Indonesia, engagement with the Third World, and diplomacy during the Whitlam/Fraser era. Throughout the forum participants were able to share personal experiences and stories from the era.
Ministers for Foreign Affairs 1972-83
Indo-Pacific Maritime Security and Cooperation: Opportunities and Challenges 18-20 April The AIIA joined with the China Institute of International Studies and the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace in co-hosting an international conference to further understanding of Indo-Pacific maritime issues. More than 60 participants from China, the United States, Australia, Russia, Japan, India and many other countries in the region attended, including diplomats, senior officials, and scholars from universities and think tanks. Participants discussed existing cooperation mechanisms in the Indo-Pacific, maritime economic cooperation and non-traditional security cooperation.
South China Sea Dialogue with Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24 February
The AIIA was pleased to host a roundtable for a visiting delegation led by Ouyang Yujing, Director-General of Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The roundtable enabled a frank discussion of China’s South China Sea policy with experts from the ANU China Institute, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, National Security College, Australian Defence Force Academy, ASPI and ACT Branch.
Chinese MFA Roundtable Biographies
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Roundtable  12 February
The AIIA was pleased to host a roundtable for a visiting Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung delegation in conjunction with AIIA VIC in Melbourne on February 12, 2016. The roundtable brought together a select group of distinguished academics and experts to hear Dr Klaus Schüler, the Federal Director of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany, on “Angela Merkel’s Leadership in Turbulent Times.” Dr Schüler has been dubbed “the mastermind of the Merkel-machine” and was Chancellor Merkel’s campaign manager during her successful reelection bids in 2009 and 2013.
KAS-AIIA Roundtable Event Program

National Office Past Events 2015

National Conference 2015  19 October
The AIIA National Conference 2015 was an opportunity to engage and promote understanding ofAustralia foreign policy. Building on the success of previous years, the AIIA’s 2015 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 350 attendees
  • High levels of youth engagement, with more than 130 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 24 foreign missions in Canberra, including 15 heads of mission
  • Dynamic and engaging discussion throughout all sessions
  • Significant media coverage in TV, radio and print media
  • Ongoing contribution to debate through online discussion

Program: AIIA National Conference 2015

Seminar Videos: http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/media_library/footage-of-the-aiia-national-conference-2015/

Speech transcripts and Session summaries:  http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australian_outlook/aiia-national-conference-contributing-to-global-issues/

Outcomes report: http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Outcomes-report-final.pdf

1965 and the Indonesian Coup: Fifty Years On  17
September 2015

The “1965 and the Indonesian Coup: Fifty Years On” Seminar held on Thursday 17 September, 2015 was jointly organised by the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Australian National University and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to mark the 50th year since the Indonesian 1965 Coup. It brought together key witnesses, journalists and academics from Indonesia and Australia to review the Coup and the contradictory versions of the events happened during the Coup.Program: 1965 and the Indonesian Coup: Fifty Years On

Seminar Videos: http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/media_library/footages-of-the-1965-and-the-indonesian-coup-fifty-years-on-seminar/

Australia, India and Japan Trilateral Dialogue 15-16
September 2015
The trilateral dialogue held on Tuesday and Wednesday 15-16 September, 2015 was hosted by the Indian Council of World Affairs in New Delhi.  The dialogue brought together delegations from the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the Japan Institute of International Affairs and the Indian Council of World Affairs. The objective of the dialogue was to strengthen ties and facilitate an open exchange of ideas.Program and Bios: Trilateral Dialogue New Delhi
Australian Diplomacy Symposium 28
August 2015
The Australian Diplomacy Today Symposium held on Friday 28 August, 2015 was jointlyorganised by the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the Australian National University and Bond University and hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Symposium brought together the small but growing community of practitioners and scholars with an interest in Australian diplomacy to reflect, share ideas and critique recent successes and developments in Australian diplomacy and to considerchallenges and opportunities ahead.Program: The Australian Diplomacy Today SymposiumInterview: Interview with Professor William Maley, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy

Symposium Videos:
http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/media_library/australian-diplomacy-today-symposium-28-august-2015/?region=

Outcome Report:
http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Australian-Diplomacy-Today-Symposium-Outcomes-Report.pdf

National Office Past Events 2014

Korea Policy Dialogue 29 December 2014
The Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Korea Foundation co-hosted the Korea Policy Dialogue on 29 December 2014 at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Queensland Office in Brisbane.The Dialogue brought together prominent academics, practitioners and other experts with knowledge and experience on issues important to Korea and Australia. The objective of the Dialogue was to strengthen ties and facilitate an open exchange of ideas between Korean and Australian foreign policy experts. The discussion covered such topics as the strategic environment in the Asia-Pacific, middle power cooperation, Korean foreign policy and North-South relations on the Korean Peninsula.Korea Policy Dialogue Outcomes ReportKorea Policy Dialogue ProgramArticle: ‘Australia’s New Seoulmate? Security Cooperation Between Australia and South Korea’ by Dr Jae Jeok ParkVideo: Interview with Dr Hyun-seok Yu, President of the Korea FoundationPodcasts: Presentations and Discussant Remarks
Australia, Asia, Europe and Climate Change: Public Forum and Expert Workshop
17-18 November 2014
This event was hosted by the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) in collaboration with the University of Melbourne EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and the Australian-German College of Climate & Energy Transitions. A comprehensive global solution is required for combating climate change. The growing demand for energy and the need for new ways to produce and use energy are key challenges to face the consequences of climate change. With the EU and Asia comprising a large part of the world’s population from both developed and developing countries, the public forum and expert workshop (click here to download program) brought together specialists from these socially and politically diverse regions.Click here to download the outcomes report.Media and Articles:

AIIA 2014 National Conference
27 October 2014
For 90 years, the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) has played a unique role in Australian public life as an independent, non-partisan forum for informed debate on international affairs and Australia’s engagement in the world. Prior to Australia’s hosting of the G20 this year, the AIIA’s 2014 National Conference brought together some of Australia’s leading international affairs experts to discuss Australia’s foreign policy objectives and priorities as a top 20nation.AIIA National Conference 2014 ProgramAIIA National Conference 2014 Outcomes ReportTranscripts and articles:

Video footage:

Strategic Risk Perceptions Workshop
4 June 2014
The AIIA worked with the Department of Defence to convene a roundtable of non-government experts examining Australian perceptions of risks and opportunities out to 2035.
Australia India Dialogue
18 March 2014
The Australian Institute of International Affairs along with the Australia India Institute hosted a roundtable dialogue with a visiting delegation from the Indian Council of World Affairs. The roundtable was held in Melbourne at the Australia India Institute on 18 March 2014. The dialogue aimed to promote greater understanding and cooperation between Australia and India by bringing together delegations made up of academics, policymakers, media and practitioners to develop new frameworks to enhance cooperation and collaboration on various forums.

National Office Past Events 2013

AIIA 80th Anniversary National Conference 21 Nov 2013

This year the AIIA is celebrating its 80th Anniversary as a national organisation promoting public debate on international issues. Following the September Federal Elections the AIIA held its National Conference on the topic of Foreign Policy Priorities for Australia. The aim of the conference was to bring together Australian experts in the field of security, economics and global issues and to identify realistic objectives and goals for Australia’s foreign policy.

national-conference-final-program (138.94 kB)

80th-anniversary-national-conference-2013-transcript (974.84 kB)

aiia-80th-anniversary-conference-outcomes-report (384.48 kB)

The following speakers have made their remarks available.

Martine Letts: AIIA 80TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE CANBERRA 21 NOVEMBER 2013 Engancing Australian Prosperity: martine-letts-enhancing-australian-prosperity (360.13 kB)

Ric Smith: AIIA 80TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE CANBERRA 21 NOVEMBER 2013 ‘STRENGTHENING AUSTRALIA’S SECURITY’: aiia-21-november-2013. (118.98 kB)

Roundtables with the International Confucian Association 2-8 Sep 2013 The Australian Institute of International Affairs, along with the University of New South Wales in Sydney and Deakin University in Melbourne, hosted a series of roundtables with a visiting delegation of experts from China, Singapore and Vietnamorganised by the Beijing-based International Confucian Association. The roundtables took place in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne from 2 – 8 September 2013.Outcomes Report – ICA (477.03 kB)
Roundtable with UK Shadow Foreign Secretary 28 Jun 2013 The AIIA was delighted to receive Mr Douglas Alexander, UK Shadow Foreign Secretary, for a roundtable discussion on Friday 28 June. The roundtable brought together a number of Australia’s foremost experts in international relations, transitions in Asia, Australia-UK relations and multilateral institutions. The AIIA was delighted with such a distinguished group and with the quality of discussion at the roundtable.For the Outcomes Report on this event please click here:Final Outcomes Report (1.29 MB)
AIIA DFAT Consular Roundtable 12 Jun 2013 The AIIA worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to convene a policy roundtable on consular matters. Attendance was limited to a number of key stakeholders to provide them with an opportunity to share views and perspectives on key issues with senior representatives from DFAT. The AIIA was delighted that the Minister of Foreign Affairs attended and delivered opening remarks.
Strategic Risk Perceptions Workshop 30 May 2013 The AIIA worked with the Department of Defence to convene a roundtable of non-government experts examining Australian perceptions of risks and opportunities out to 2035.
Institutes of International Affairs as Agents of
International Diffusion
3-6 Apr 2013 At the 54th International Studies Association Annual Convention held in San Francisco, AIIA Director Melissa Conley Tyler convened a roundtable of representatives of institutes of international affairs from 12 countries to discuss their role facilitating dialogue between the public and policy makers, acting as knowledge-brokers and providing space for second track dialogue.Roundtable participants presented on institutes’ roles as agents of international diffusion and shared specific recommendations for improving their institutes’ impact. Outputs include an improved sense of the common themes and challenges faced by institutes of international affairs as agents of diffusion and the different ways that institutes deal with these common issues.This roundtable followed on from successful roundtables at the 2010 and 2012 ISA Conventions and an earlier meeting of 39 institute representatives in 2008 at the Australian Institute of International Affairs’ 75th Anniversary National Conference.For the Outcomes report on this event please click here: ISA Outcomes Report 54th Convention (395.97 kB)
Indonesia Australia Dialogue 3-4 Mar 2013 The annual Indonesia-Australia Dialogue was held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Sydney, on Sunday 3 March and Monday 4 March. The Indonesia-Australia Dialogue initiative was jointly announced by leaders during the March 2010 visit to Australia by Indonesian President Yudhoyono as a bilateral second track dialogue to enhance people-to-people links between the two countries. The objective of the Indonesia-Australia Dialogue was to facilitate people-to-people links through discussion on a broad range of topics. Discussions covered domestic, regional and global issues and explored opportunities for closer engagement in business, culture, education, science and technology.This, the second Indonesia-Australia Dialogue, was co-convened by Mr John McCarthy, AIIA National President and former Ambassador to Indonesia, and Dr Rizal Sukma, Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. The AIIA was again selected by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to act as secretariat following its performance at the inaugural Dialogue.Indonesian participants include the former Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda, the Chief Editor of the Jakarta Post, Meidyatama Suryadiningrat, and Sandra Hamid from the Asia Foundation. Australian participants include Stephen Creese from Newcrest Mining, Professor Tim Lindsay from the University of Melbourne and former Australian of the Year, burns specialist Professor Fiona Wood.

Thanks are due to the Commonwealth Bank for its sponsorship of a welcome lunch for this event.

For a complete list of Dialogue Participants and biographical information click here: Participants and Biographies (753.35 kB)

For the Indonesia-Australia Dialogue Program click here: Indonesia-Australia Dialogue Program (328.21 kB)

For the Final Report click here: Indonesia-Australia Dialogue Co-Chairs’ Report (363.6 kB)For the Outcomes report click here: Outcomes Report for Indonesia-Australia Dialogue 2013 (355.64 kB)

To access Bob Carr’s speech click here: http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/speeches/2013/bc_sp_130304.html

To access Julie Bishop’s speech click here: http://www.juliebishop.com.au/speeches/1223-address-to-australia-indonesia-dialogue.html

Roundtable with Mozambique President HE Armando Emilio Guebuza 14 Mar 2013

The AIIA was delighted to receive His Excellency Armando Emilio Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique, for a roundtable discussion followed by a light lunch on Thursday 14 March 2013. The Presidential Party was accompanied by HE Graeme Wilson, High Commissioner to South Africa, Mozambique and numerous other African countries. Nine ambassadors and high commissioners from African and Portugese speaking countries were also in attendance as well as representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Austrade, AusAID, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, the Australia Africa Business Council, the Minerals Council of Australia, the University of Melbourne, Flinders University and ANU. Topics of discussion leading from the President’s opening remarks included the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Community of Portugese Language Countries (CPLP) as well as bilateral relations. The AIIA was very pleased with the excellent response to the event and the discussion that ensued. A copy of the President’s speech is available below, as well as the AIIA’s Event Program and Outcomes Report.

Address by HE Armando Emilio Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique (133.98 kB)

Event Program (65.24 kB)

Outcomes Report (475.07 kB)

Forum on Former Ministers for Foreign Affairs 19 Feb 2013

On 19 February 2013, the AIIA hosted a highly successful Forum on Former Ministers for Foreign Affiars, following the well-received forum in February 2010 discussing the life, work and achievements of The Right Honourable R. G. Casey. The Forum in 2013 brought together some of Australia’s most eminent academics and experts in international relations, and former senior diplomats and government officials to discuss the life, work and achievements of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs serving in the period of 1960-72. The Forum focused on their individual contributions and influence on Australian foreign policy thinking.

For the outcomes report click here: FMFA Forum Outcome Report Final (327.7 kB)

For a copy of the program click here: Forum on Former Ministers for Foreign Affairs 1961-72 (106.47 kB)To watch the Forum click here:

For a PDF copy of the book click here: R.G. Casey: Minister for External Affairs 1951- 60 (7.49 MB)

Alternatively, a hard copy can also be purchased through:Order Form (530.99 kB)

National Office Past Events 2012

National President’s Forum 23-24 Aug 2012 The Australian Institute of International Affairs’ National President’s Forum on “Australia in the Asian Century” was held in Sydney on 23-24 August 2012 at NSW Parliament House and Glover Cottages.
The Forum focused on the key issues for Australia’s engagement with Asia to coincide with the final stages of preparation of the Government White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century.
Inaugural Wollongong Town Hall Meeting 24 May 2012

The Australian Institute of International Affairs, in partnership with the University of Wollongong and the Wollongong City Council, invited members of the public to attend its inaugural Town Hall meeting on international affairs in Wollongong.The general public was invited to join expert speakers to discuss the forthcoming White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century. This was a chance to get involved in the national debate about transformations in the Asian region and learn about the White Paper process from experts in the field. The purpose of this event was to give the audience the opportunity to engage directly in an important national debate.

Outcomes Report Wollongong Town Hall Meeting (3.15 MB)

Institutes of International Affairs
in the Information age
1-4 Apr 2012

At the 53rd International Studies Association Annual Convention held in San Diego, AIIA Director Melissa Conley Tyler convened a roundtable of representatives of institutes of international affairs from around the world to share experiences of utilising new technologies in their work.Roundtable participants presented on institutes’ current and potential use of new technologies and shared specific recommendations for improving their institutes’ impact. Outputs include an improved sense of how new technologies have affected institutes of international affairs as civil society organisations.This roundtable followed on from a successful roundtable at the 2010 ISA Convention and an earlier meeting of 39 institute representatives in 2008 at the Australian Institute of International Affairs’ 75th Anniversary National Conference.

Institutes of International Affairs in the Information Age (702.69 kB)

The Smart Power Capability Requirements of a Middle Power 15 Feb 2012

On Wednesday February 15, the AIIA hosted a seminar on the topic “The Smart Power Capability Requirements of a Middle Power”. The seminar brought together influential figures from government, defence, industry, academia and the media to examine Smart Power in an Australian context and to discuss its utility in promoting Australian national interests internationally. Findings and recommendations of the seminar will be presented in a report to government.

Joseph Nye’s Address AIIA Smart Power Report Program (210.29 kB)

Outcomes Report (713.74 kB)

“Global Korea, Global Australia” Roundtable Forum

14 Feb 2012

On Tuesday February 14, the AIIA and the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) held a Roundtable Dialogue on the topic “Global Korea, Global Australia”. The event offered a unique opportunity to discuss Australia’s and South Korea’s relationship and their current and future challenges.IFANS is a sister institute to the AIIA and carries out in-depth studies on issues related to Korean foreign policies and international relations in order to contribute to the formulation of policy.

Program (421.27 kB)

outcomes-report (231.88 kB)

Closing remarks (219.44 kB)

National Office Past Events 2011

Indonesia-Australia Dialogue 4-6 October 2011

The Indonesia-Australia Dialogue initiative was jointly announced by leaders during the March 2010 visit to Australia by Indonesian President Yudhoyono, as a bilateral second track dialogue. The Indonesia-Australia Dialogue was designed to help build relationships between leaders in a range of fields, and develop their understanding of the breadth and possibilities of the relationship. Discussions covered domestic, regional and global issues and explored opportunities for closer engagement in business, science and technology.The 2011 Indonesia-Australia Dialogue was co-convened by Mr John McCarthy, AIIA National President and former Ambassador to Indonesia, and Dr Rizal Sukma, Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta. The AIIA was selected by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to act as secretariat for the Dialogue.

Program (148.15 kB)

Biographies of Participants (472.67 kB)

Outcome Report (582.05 kB)

Australia-Indonesia Dialogue Summary Report Updated (2.32 MB)

Watch Indonesia-Australia Dialogue Videos

International Day of Peace 21 September 2011

The AIIA was one of the organisations that supported an event held at Parliament House to commemorate the International Day of Peace. Hosted by Ms Melissa Parke MP, the event focused on the development of the Global Peace Index with a presentation by Steve Killelea AM on the topic: Peace and Human Potential: What We Can Learn from Measuring Peace with responses by Professor Don Aitkin AO, Chairman, National Capital Authority and Dr Hugh Craft, Chair of the Commonwealth Roundtable.

For more on Steve see http://www.fpa.org/news/index.cfmact=show_announcement&announcement_id=56

For more on the Global Peace Index see http://www.economicsandpeace.org/

EU-Australia Trade 20 September 2011 The AIIA was pleased to launch a special issue of the Australian Journal of International Affairs on “Trade and Investment Issues for the 21st Century: Perspectives from the EU-Australia Trade Relationship” in conjunction with the ANU Centre for European Studies. This special issue, edited by Karen Hussey and Don Kenyon, brings together outstanding scholars and practitioners from both Europe and Australia. Issues of the AJIA are available at http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/caji20
National President’s Forum: “India 2020” 23-26 August 2011

The AIIA’s National President’s Forum ‘India 2020’ was held in Perth from 23-25 August 2011. It covered topics such as India’s strategic context, its internal dynamics and the implications for India-Australia relations.

Program (471.74 kB)

Outcomes Report (270.03 kB)

Rapporteur’s Report (156.2 kB)

Watch NPF Videos

Workshop on Overcoming MIsperceptions in Australia-Japan Relations 18-19 August 2011

The Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Japan Institute of International Affairs partnered with the Griffith Asia Institute on the event “Overcoming Misperceptions in Australia-Japan Relations” held in Brisbane on 18-19 August.

Outcomes Report (245.33 kB)

Roundtable discussion with Saranrom Institute of Foreign Affairs 27 July 2011 The Australian Institute of International Affairs was pleased to host a delegation visit by the Saranrom Institute of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.
International Law in Australia 22 June 2011

The AIIA hosted a workshop for contributors to the new edition of International Law In Australia which will be edited by Professor Donald R. Rothwell. The event brought together the distinguished contributors to discuss in detail this work which will serve as a benchmark in the field for students and practitioners alike.

International Law In Australia Contributors Workshop

Forum on Public and Citizen Diplomacy 6-7 June 2011

A Forum on Public and Citizen Diplomacy was held in Canberra on 6-7 June 2011 hosted by the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy at ANU in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Public Diplomacy Branch. The event was supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ian Potter Foundation, the National Film and Sound Archive and the Embassy of the Netherlands.The Forum brought together a variety of government officials, academics, professionals and other experts to discuss, debate and engage with the many contemporary issues in public and citizen diplomacy. The object of the Forum was to addressthe role of public and citizen diplomacy in shaping Australia’s image in the world.

Program (600.36 kB)

Outcomes Report (609.93 kB)

Summary of Proceedings (157.66 kB)

Watch Videos

Launch of Global Peace Index 26 May 2011 The AIIA was one of the organisations that supported the Australian launch of the Global Peace Index: http://www.economicsandpeace.org/. The Global Peace Index is the first-ever analysis to rank countries on their peacefulness and identify potential determinants of peace. Its aim is to understand the factors that create and sustain peace. A panel made up of Professor Hugh White, Dr Hugh Craft and Dr Victoria Mason was moderated by Don Aitkin.
The History of Australia’s Involvement with the United Nations 1-2 February 2011

A forum on The History of Australia’s Involvement with the United Nations (UN) jointly hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) was held in Canberra on 1-2 February 2011. The Forum brought together government officials, academics and other experts to debate and engage with the issues that continue to shape Australia-UN relations today. The object of the Forum was to examine Australia’s role in the UN from inception to the present day, including significant issues related to the UN, both past and present. A book of research is in preparation for release by the DFAT Historical Publications and Information Section in September 2011.

The History of Australia’s Involvement with the United Nations – Outcomes Report (428.59 kB)

The History of Australia’s Involvement with the United Nations – Program (389.82 kB)

National Office Past Events 2010

Taipei Forum 28 Oct 2010

On 28 October 2010, the AIIA in collaboration with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia welcomed invited guests to an exclusive roundtable discussion with a delegation of distinguished Taiwanese academics and officials from the Institute of International Relations, National Chengchi University, Taipei and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taipei. The Forum was created to establish a roundtable discussion between the Taiwanese delegation, Australian experts and distinguished AIIA members on current international issues.

Taipei Forum – Outcomes Report

National President’s Forum 2010 – “Australia and the Chinese Century?” 19 Oct 2010

On 19 October 2010, the AIIA hosted a National President’s Forum on “Australia and the Chinese Century ?” at Parliament House in Brisbane. The Forum brought together government officials, academics, journalists, professionals and other experts to discuss, debate and engage with the many contemporary issues which shape Australia-China relation today. The forum was preceded by a public forum moderated by the Asutralian Financial Review China Correspondent Colleen Ryan.

Rapporteur’s Report – National President’s Forum 2010 – “Australia and the Chinese Century ?”

Outcomes Report – National President’s Forum 2010 – “Australia and the Chinese Century ?”

Program – National President’s Forum 2010 – “Australia and the Chinese Century?”

Australia Joins the Asia-Europe Meeting 9-10 August 2010 On 9 and 10 August 2010, AIIA National Office in conjunction with AIIA VIC and AIIA ACT Branch hosted two events concerning Australia and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). The event wasorganised with a significant help from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS). The event stimulated discussion on the meaning of Australia’s participation in ASEM from October 2010 and addressed current trends in ASEM’s direction, including institutional structure, agenda and authority. At both events there was considerable discussion about the internal dynamics of ASEM andon the process of potential enlargement. The Symposia increased publicity for ASEM and improved understanding about ASEM from multiple viewpoints.Australia Joins the Asia-Europe Meeting – Outcomes report (294.79 kB)
Going Global:
Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa and South Korea in International Affairs.
25 – 26 May 2010 In order to examine their respective involvements in international affairs, delegations from Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa and South Korea joined with the AIIA in Jakarta, Indonesia from 25th-26th May 2010 at an event supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Topics included the responsibilities of regional powers, the dealing with global powers, global challenges and building a global system that is accommodating of these countries’ needs and priorities.Media releaseProgram outlineOutcomes Report (305.48 kB)
International Studies Convention 2010 18 Feb 2010

The AIIA hosted a roundtable “Connecting Theory and Policy: Reflecting on the Work of Institutes of International Affairs” at the 51th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association in New Orleans, Thursday 18 February, 2010. This roundtable event brought together institutes of international affairs from Australia, Germany, Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Israel, Mexico, Chile and the USA to discuss the role that such institutes play in crossing the divide between theory and practice in international affairs.

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R.G. Casey Forum – “R.G Casey as Minister for External Affairs 1950-1960, Fifty Years On” 9 Feb 2010

On the 9th February 2010, the AIIA National Executive hosted a forum to discuss the life, work and achievements of The Right Honourable R. G. Casey, later Lord Casey, as Australia’s Minister for External Affairs from 1951 to 1960. The Forum brought together some of Australia’s most eminent academics and experts in international relations, former senior diplomats and government officials from various organisations, fifty years after R. G. Casey retired from politics.

R.G. Casey Forum Program (41.49 kB)

R.G. Casey Forum Outcomes Report (1.25 MB)

R.G. Casey Forum Media Release (42.03 kB)

National Office Past Events 2009

Assisting Disrupted States: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects 29 Oct 2009

The Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy and the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) held a joint public forum on Assisting Disrupted States on 29 October, 2009. The forum was launched by the National Executive Director, Melissa Conley Tyler at the AIIA Stephen House Conference Room. While the esteemed speakers addressed a broad scope of issues pertaining to disrupted states, Lieutenant General John Sanderson AC also gave his fellowship address and received his Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (FAIIA) award.

Assisting Disrupted States: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects – Outcomes Report (347.66 kB)

Assisting Disrupted States: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects – Media Release (159.36 kB)

Assisting Disrupted States: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects – Program (38.3 kB)

Assisting Disrupted States: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects – Alison Chartres (2.15 MB)

Assisting Disrupted States: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects – John Sanderson (36.42 kB)

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National President’s Forum – “Australia and Antarctica: National and International Interest” 23 Oct 2009

On 23 October 2009, The AIIA hosted a National President’s Forum on the topic of “Australia and Antarctica: National and International Interest” at Parliament House in Hobart. The Forum gave experts, academics, media and policy-makers the opportunity to discuss Antarctica and develop recommendations for Australia’s Antarctic Policy. The NPF was preceded by a public lecture by retiring Executive Secretary of the Antarctic Secretariat, Jan Huber.

2009 National President’s Forum – Australia and Antarctica: National and International Interest – Rapporteur’s Report (57.48 kB)

2009 National President’s Forum – Australia and Antarctica: National and International Interest – Outcomes Report (1.11 MB)

Inaugural Singapore-Australia Dialogue 27-28 Jul 2009

The Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs jointly hosted the Inaugural Singapore Australia Dialogue in Singapore on 27-28 July 2009. The Dialogue was launched at the National Library of Singapore by the Hon Stephen Smith MP, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, and His Excellency George Yeo, Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs.

2009 Inaugural Singapore-Australia Dialogue Media Release (28.15 kB)

2009 Inaugural Singapore-Australia Dialogue Summary of Proceedings (41.04 kB)

2009 Inaugural Singapore-Australia Dialogue Outcomes Report (1.34 MB)

Energy Security 6 May 2009

The AIIA and the Australian Homeland Security Research Centre hosted a symposium on “Energy Security” on 6 May 2009. The symposium aimed to update energy, national security, international relations and emergency service practitioners on developments which effect domestic and international continuity of energy supply and to develop cross-practitioners personal networks which allow information to be accessed and shared.

Energy Security Symposium 2009 Notes Brian Spalding (276.45 kB)

Energy Security Symposium 2009 Notes Erin Hurley (98.34 kB)

Energy Security Symposium 2009 Notes Mark McCallum (202.92 kB)

Energy Security Symposium 2009 Notes Xu Chong-Yi (173.28 kB)

Energy Security Symposium 2009 Brochure and Program (361.07 kB)

Energy Security Symposium 2009 Media Release (55.87 kB)

Energy Security Symposium 2009 Final Report (446.69 kB)

National President’s Forum 2009 5 May 2009

The Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) hosted National President’s Forum held in Adelaide on 5 May 2009. The Forum conducted discussion about President Obama’s foreign policy and its implication in Australia and its regions by a select group of experts on international relations, American Studies and Security. The Forum enabled participants to engage in dynamic discussions about key themes like the Obama Administration’s emerging priorities, the new US foreign policy agenda and immediate challenges, along with international expectations of the Obama presidency.

National President’s Forum 2009 Background Paper (63.73 kB)

National Presidents Forum 2009 Program (44.75 kB)

National President’s Forum 2009 Media Release (32.42 kB)

National President’s Forum 2009 Rapporteurs Report (119.52 kB)

National President’s Forum 2009 Outcomes (1.16 MB)

National Office Past Events 2008

75th Anniversary Conference 7-8 Aug 2008

The AIIA hosted a National Conference to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Institute’s Foundation as a National Organisation. on the 7-8 August 2008. This historic occasion brought together those with an interest in International Issues from a variety of areas including government, diplomacy, academia, cultural organisations and the wider community.Participants Included the Hon Stephen Smith MP, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP and Ms Bernice Lee (Chatham House).

Australia’s Role in Democracy Promotion 14 Mar 2008

Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) hosted a half-day public forum on “Australia’s Role in Democracy Promotion” in Canberra on 14 March 2008. The forum identified and brought together the range of actors – parliamentarians, government officials, political parties and independent bodies – engaged in promoting and enhancing democracy abroad to discuss Australia’s role in democracy promotion both in Australia and overseas.

Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI)

Australia’s Role in Democracy Promotion 2008 Final Report (77.53 kB)

Australia’s Role in Democracy Promotion 2008 Michael Maley’s Speaking Notes (42.31 kB)

Australia’s Role in Democracy Promotion 2008 ALP International Projects (20.21 kB)

 

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