Ambassadors' Dialogues convene Australian and Indo-Pacific Heads of Mission for both high-calibre public lectures and intimate and private roundtables. These signature events raise awareness in the Perth community of our strategic location in the Indo-Pacific, as well as inform Perth's civic, business and academic leaders about how most effectively engage with our geographical neighbours.
former u.s. ambassador to australia jeffrey bleich on U.S. newly elected president trump
Former U.S. Ambassador to Australia, Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich, visited the Perth USAsia Centre in February 2017 to discuss the future of Australia-U.S. relations under President Donald Trump during an age of uncertainty.
Following his private roundtable luncheon with business, academic and community leaders held at the University of Western Australia, Ambassador Bleich sat down with the Centre to share his thoughts on the future of the Indo-Pacific and his love for Perth. You can watch the full video interview below:
former president to the republic of indonesia, susilo bambang yudhoyono
In September 2015, former President to the Republic of Indonesia Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited Perth to receive an honorary doctorate from The University of Western Australia and a distinguished fellowship from the Perth USAsia Centre.
During his visit to Perth, Mr Yudhoyono engaged in an invite-only roundtable discussion with the next generation of Australian and Indonesian leaders, conducted exclusively in Bahasa Indonesia. Mr Yudhoyono highlighted the challenges and opportunities of future Australia-Indonesian relations. Mr Yudhoyono also delivered a keynote address to the graduating class of 2015, as well as delivered a public lecture to more than 100 attendees at The University of Western Australia. You can watch his keynote address below:
former u.s. ambassador to australia, ambassador john berry
Former U.S. Ambassador to Australia, Ambassador John Berry, visited the Perth USAsia Centre in February 2015 for an off-the-record private roundtable discussion surrounding the 2016 U.S. elections.
Ambassador Berry served as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia to 2013-2016 and is currently the President of the American Australian Association. Ambassador Berry has completed degrees at the University of Maryland, College Park and Syracuse University and worked in local government and as a legislative aide in state government from 1982 to 1985. From 1985 to 1994, he worked as legislative director for U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer. He has held posts in the U.S. Treasury Department, the Smithsonian Institution, and the U.S. Department of the Interior until 2000, and worked as director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Zoological Park until 2009, when he was nominated by President Barack Obama as director of the United States Office of Personnel Management. Berry took office after being confirmed by the United States Senate in April 2009. In June 2013, President Obama nominated Berry to replace Jeff Bleich as U.S. Ambassador to Australia.