Australia and Indonesia: Energy, Resources, and Security at the Fulcrum of the Indo-Pacific

21 March 2017

In the past decade Australia has emerged as a resource superpower. It is the world's leading exporter of iron ore and will soon be one of world's leading exporters of liquefied natural gas (LNG). A recent PwC report indicates that by 2050, Indonesia - which is already the largest and most populous economy in Southeast Asia - will become the world's fourth largest economy. President Joko Widodo visited Canberra in February and this week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is in Jakarta to participate in the Indian Ocean Rim Association Summit. Together these two nations occupy the fulcrum of the Indo-Pacific, and their policies and politics will help set the pace for a dynamic region. Please join us for a panel of experts to discuss the energy, resource, security and diplomatic issues they will face in the coming years.

Featuring a CSIS-Pertamina Banyan Tree Leadership Forum with Darmawan Prasodjo (Deputy Chief of Staff to President Joko Widodo of Indonesia). This will be followed by a panel discussion with Andrew Pickford (Director, Energy Security Progam, Perth USAsia Centre), Mark Stickells (Director, Energy and Minerals Institute, The University of Western Australia), Gordon Flake (CEO, Perth USAsia Centre), Paul Griffiths (Political Counselor, Embassy of Australia),

Moderated by Andrew Shearer, CSIS Senior Adviser on Asia-Pacific Security; and Former Australian National Security Adviser

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Public Event | Mr Richard Heydarian | The Philippines, The South China Sea and ASEAN | 14 March 2017

14 March 2017

You are invited to join us for a public lecture on the escalating South China Sea dispute and how the assertive policies of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte are shaping this dispute and wider East Asian geopolitics.

In 2017, the Philippines are chairing the ASEAN bloc in its 50th year. As the institution reflects on its achievements over the last five decades, focus must not be taken away from the urgent and future challenges that face this organisation.

To register, please click HERE.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

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Public Launch | Perth USAsia Centre | 13 March 2017

13 March 2017

2017 has already proven to be a dynamic year for the Indo-Pacific region. The Perth USAsia Centre invites you to join expert members of our Board to discuss how the year ahead will impact Australia and Western Australia's interests.

Recently appointed UWA Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dawn Freshwater will open the event followed by short presentations from the Hon. Kim Beazley speaking on how the Trump Administration will influence the region and CEO Prof. Gordon Flake, who will highlight key issues to watch out for in 2017 across the Indo Pacific's Asian nations. Hon. Beazley and Prof. Flake will then be joined by fellow Board members Ms Deidre Wilmott and Prof. Stephen Smith for a Q&A panel discussion. The content is tailored to have direct relevance to those working in sectors that have an international perspective.

To regsiter, please click HERE

We look forward to welcoming you .

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Trump Shock and the Indo-Pacific - Implications for our region

23 February 2017

You're invited to a high-calibre public panel discussion on the impact of President Trump's Administration on the Indo-Pacific region.
Panellists will discuss:
What will U.S. leadership in the Indo-Pacific look like under the Trump Administration?  
How will the Indo-Pacific region's economic and security architecture adjust, particularly after U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership?  
How will Chinese and other policymakers likely respond to the Trump agenda on trade, alliances and regional diplomacy?
This event is a collaboration between the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, the Perth USAsia Centre and the Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia.
To register for this event please click HERE.

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Book Launch - Australia's American Alliance with The Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Dr Peter Dean and Dr Brendan

6 December 2016

The Perth USAsia Centre invites you to attend a launch of Australia's American Alliance, edited by Dr Peter J Dean, Dr Stephan Frühling and Dr Brendan Taylor.

This public launch will feature a discussion with our Senior Fellow, The Hon. Kim Beazley AC, and two of the book's editors from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University.

The Australia-United States Alliance has been critical to Australian foreign and defence policy since the ANZUS Treaty was signed in 1951. For 63 years it has been an enduring feature of Australian defence planning, yet the contemporary alliance is, arguably, in one of the more important phases of reinterpretation in its long history.

While the Alliance by its very nature is a bi-lateral relationship, this book specifically focuses on Australian perspectives and policy choices, while providing context on the role of the United States in the Asia-Pacific and its position as a global power.

To find out more about the book and pre-order a copy, please click HERE. Books will also be available for purchase before the event from 3.30pm and after the event at a discounted rate thanks to the Co-op Bookshop UWA.

We look forward to you joining us at this special event.

To register please click HERE

Warm regards,

Perth USAsia Centre

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In Conversation with Stan Grant on Indigenous Futures: Quarterly Essay

24 November 2016

The Perth USAsia Centre, the City of Perth Library and Boffins Books are delighted to invite you to attend a compelling public discussion featuring Stan Grant, journalist, author, and Ambassador of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

In Quarterly Essay 64, Stan Grant takes a deep and passionate look at Indigenous futures, in particular the fraught question of remote communities. Moving beyond simplistic talk of "lifestyle choices," Grant explores what makes for a sustainable community and life, and then asks: what can we do to instigate change?

This event will be moderated by Gordon Flake, CEO, Perth USAsia Centre.

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Election aftermath: What the US Election means for Australia-Indonesia relations: a presentation by Professor Stephen Smith

17 November 2016

The outcome of the US Election will have real and long-term implications for America’s position in the Indo-Pacific region. While Republican Party candidate Donald Trump has suggested a stark re-evaluation of America’s alliance relationships in the region, the Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton is widely expected to reinvigorate America’s rebalance to Asia.

The Perth USAsia Centre in collaboration with Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA), Asia Research Centre Murdoch University and Indonesia Institute  invite you to join Professor Stephen Smith who will specifically address one of Australia’s most important bilateral relationships in the wake of the US election; that with Indonesia. 

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As the dust clears: what we learned from the 2016 US Presidential Election - with Simon Jackman and Kim Beazley

16 November 2016

The Perth USAsia Centre and the United States Studies Centre invite you to join Professor Simon Jackman and The Hon. Kim Beazley AC for a debrief on the US presidential election.

Simon Jackman is the recently appointed CEO of the US Studies Centre (USSC) at the University of Sydney. He is a renowned expert on election campaigns and the use of poll averaging to produce predictions of election outcomes and in 2012 he partnerned with the Huffington Post to develop their 2012 election forecast model.

Kim Beazley is a Senior Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and from February 2010 to January 2016 served as Australia's Ambassador to the United States of America.

Simon and Kim will share their analysis of the 2016 US Election; from the campaign trail to the final result and beyond. In particular they will discuss the likely impact of the result on Australia and the Indo-Pacific region.

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Breakfast with Anthony Albanese, In Conversation with Kim Beazley

14 November 2016

The Perth USAsia Centre and Boffins Books present a special breakfast event, featuring Labor MP Anthony Albanese as he speaks about his new biography, Albanese: Telling it Straight.

 "Albo", as he is affectionately known, is an iconic figure in the Australian political landscape. In June 2013, he became Deputy Prime Minister, and took on additional responsibility as Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. He is currently Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, and Shadow Minister for Tourism. 

 With Mr Albanese's insider's view of Capital Hill and his incredible personal story, this event is not to be missed. 

 Joining him in conversation will be Perth USAsia Centre Senior Fellow, The Hon. Kim Beazley, AC; an Australian statesman and one of Australia's pre-eminent international policy thought leaders.

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Australia's need for a strategy in Trumpworld: A discussion with ANU experts Rory Medcalf, Michelle Price, and Adam Henschke

10 November 2016

**Following the US Election result, this event will now refocus on Australia's strategic challenges in a world with President Trump**

When access to energy, markets or information is threatened our ability to defend ourselves or even maintain sovereignty can be put at risk. Australia's Indo-Pacific geography generates unique challenges in the maritime space in regards to border security, access to trade, resource protection and the maintenance of a rules-based regional order. But as a highly developed nation with a service-based economy, our great reliance on access to information and data flow is also intrinsic in Australia's ability to secure its national interests. In this seminar, Professor Rory Medcalf, Ms Michelle Price and Dr Adam Henschke discuss how we can best protect Australia's cyber and maritime lifelines. Central to this will be to identify what the primary challenges are and the relevant policy options available to secure our vital national interests in these arenas.


Join the Perth USAsia Centre as we host a panel discussion featuring Professor Rory MedcalfMs Michelle Price and Dr Adam Henschke from the Australian National University.

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