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Published 24 Jan 2022

Foreign Affairs Institute Sets Up Shop in Adelaide

24 January 2022: The Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA), one of the nation’s oldest private research institutes, announced today that it has opened a new South Australian branch in Adelaide. The institute has branches in six other states and territories, as well as a national office in Canberra.

The institute had previously offered subscribers in South Australia access to webinars organised by its other branches and national office.

“We were really encouraged by the response we were getting from our South Australian subscribers, so getting an active branch up and running in Adelaide was a no-brainer,” according to AIIA National Executive Director Dr Bryce Wakefield.

“Several of Australia’s best thinkers and doers on international affairs are from South Australia, and the state plays a crucial role in defence, space, and trade policy.”

The addition of a branch in Adelaide gives the institute an active presence in all state and territory capitals.

In an email to members, new AIIA SA President Dr Naoise McDonagh described the branch as “a passionate group of individuals committed to furthering public understanding of critical affairs in the world beyond Australia; issues that impact all our lives in subtle and often not so subtle ways.”

In recent years, the AIIA has increased its activity in South Australia. The national office has worked to co-sponsor events in Adelaide and Canberra with the University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade, and last year Governor Frances Adamson AC was made an AIIA Fellow, the institute’s highest award.

According to McDonagh’s email, the branch is “setting the grounds . . . for a program of quality events to begin by late February.”


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