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What was the Most Significant International Development in 2015?

24 Dec 2015
AIIA Fellows responding to the burning question of the week

Expert Panel-Fellows of the AIIA

HilaryCharlesworthHilary Charlesworth FAIIA-Professor, ANU; Director of Centre for International Governance and JusticeProfessorJocelynCheyAMJocelyn Chey AM FAIIA-Visiting Professor, University of Sydney; former Consul-General in Hong KongJamesCottonJames Cotton FAIIA-Emeritus Professor at the University of NSWRawdonDalrympleRawdon Dalrymple AO FAIIA-Former Visiting Professor, University of Sydney; Chairman of ASEAN Focus Group LtdGraemeDobellGraeme Dobell FAIIA-Journalist Fellow, Australian Strategic Policy InstituteErikaFellerErika Feller FAIIA-Former UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for ProtectionJanet_HuntJanet Hunt FAIIA-Former Head of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid
JamesIngramAOJames Ingram AO FAIIA-Former Diplomat and Head of the UN World Food ProgramJohnMcCarthyAOJohn McCarthy AO FAIIA-Former Ambassador to Japan, Indonesia, the United States, Thailand, Mexico and VietnamJohnMcCarthyAOGeoffrey Miller AO FAIIA-Former Australian Ambassador to Japan; former Director-General of the Office of National AssessmentsRobertO’NeillRobert O’Neill FAIIA– Former Chichele Professor of the History of War, Oxford UniversityGarryWoodardGarry Woodard FAIIA-Former Diplomat and Senior Fellow, University of MelbourneRichardWoolcottACRichard Woolcott AC FAIIA-Former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and TradeRichardWoolcottACSamina Yasmeen AM FAIIA-Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Western Australia


Question: What was the most significant international development in 2015?

JamesIngramAOJames Ingram AO FAIIAThe Paris Climate Accord and the decisive role played by Presidents Obama and Xi Jinping.
JohnMcCarthyAOJohn McCarthy AO FAIIAThe refugee exodus.
GarryWoodardGarry Woodard FAIIAObama’s quiet experiment to shrink exceptionalism (vulnerable to blow-back).
ProfessorJocelynCheyAMJocelyn Chey AM FAIIAThe accord reached in Paris on the response to climate change.
RawdonDalrympleRawdon Dalrymple AO FAIIAThe beginning of the end of Europe as we have known it.
ErikaFellerErika Feller FAIIARussia’s escalation of its Syria involvement which may well accelerate the drive to solutions, one way or the other.
GraemeDobellGraeme Dobell FAIIAThe waves of humanity sailing then walking into Europe, hope in their eyes and a mobile phone in hand, to be welcomed by Angela Merkel.


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