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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In the Zone: Insights into Feeding the Zone

2 November 2016

Join us for a panel discussion involving four speakers who attended In the Zone in Jakarta: 

  • globally reknowned agricultural science expert Professor Kadambot Siddique
  • Murdoch University's bio-security superstar Dr Kirsty Bayliss
  • UWA's Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Community and Engagement, Professor Kent Anderson
  • UWA Law Professor and visiting professor of intellectual property and agriculture at Queen Mary, University of London, Professor Michael Blakeney  

Feeding the Zone 2016 focussed on agriculture in the Indo-Pacific region and discussions were centred around the fundamental question of how to sustainably feed a growing Asia. Moderated by Perth USAsia Centre CEO Gordon Flake, the panel participants will discuss ideas that came up at the conference on innovation, investment, and international cooperation.

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Book Launch:

27 October 2016

The Perth USAsia Centre invites you to a panel discussion to launch the Partnership for Change: Australia-China Joint Economic Report 2016, with Professor Peter Drysdale, Emeritus Professor of Economics in the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University and The Hon. Dr Mike Nahan MLA, Treasurer of Western Australia.

Australia’s merchandise and services trade with China now accounts for more than quarter of Australia’s overall trade. For many Australian businesses, the Chinese market represents and enormous potential growth market, and for China Australia has been a reliable provider of high quality products from iron ore to education. However, adjustments will have to be made in the existing relationship between the two countries, as China’s growth model and policy focus changes and new opportunities emerge for both countries.

This report seeks to provide common reference points on how Australia and China can conduct their relationship when facing these inevitable uncertainties and changes.

Please CLICK HERE to register

We look forward to welconing you then.


The Perth USAsia Centre Team

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Don Watson: Enemy Within American Politics in the Time of Trump Quarterly Essay 63

11 October 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 Don Watson, historian, author and public speaker. Please note, this is a paid event.

With characteristic wit and acuity, Don Watson will speak about his essay, Enemy Within American Politics in the Time of Trump, that takes us on a journey into the heart of the United States in the year 2016. Plunging into the apparent chaos of the presidential campaign and tracing America's recent past, he puts Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in a larger frame.

He considers the irresistible pull for Americans of American exceptionalism, and asks whether this creed is reaching its limit. He explores alternative paths the United States could have taken, and asks where its present course might lead Australia as a dutiful ally.

About the Author
Don Watson is a historian, author and public speaker. After writing political satire for Max Gillies and speeches for the Victorian premier John Cain, he became Paul Keating’s speechwriter in 1992 and wrote the award winning biography Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: Paul Keating Prime Minister (2002). His Quarterly Essay, Rabbit Syndrome – Australia and America, won the inaugural Alfred Deakin essay prize in the Victorian premier’s literary awards. His other books include Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language, American Journeys and Bendable Learnings: The Wisdom of Modern Management. Watson's Worst Words, Watson's Dictionary of Weasel Words, and The Bush.

About the Book
Quarterly Essay is an agenda-setting Australian journal of politics and culture. Each issue contains a single essay written at a length of about 25,000 words, followed by correspondence on previous essays.

Established in 2001, Quarterly Essay aims to present the widest range of political, intellectual and cultural opinion and to foster debate. It offers a forum for original long-form investigations, profiles and arguments.

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Whose Century? America, China, and the Future of Global Power

3 October 2016

The Perth USAsia Centre invites you to a thought-provoking and engaging event with Mr Daniel Twining, Director & Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States. Daniel will speak on America, China, and the future of global power.

The United States is the world’s reigning superpower and China its rising one. But for all the talk of American decline and China’s inexorable growth, internal and external constraints will make it difficult for Beijing to dominate Asia and the international system writ large – even as enduring U.S. advantages make it the partner of choice for rising and established powers. The nature of power is also changing in a hyper-connected world, in ways that play to American strengths and magnify Chinese challenges. Coming decades may be dominated by no single nation, but American resilience, the parallel rise of friendly powers like India, and the changing nature of the global economy mean the coming era is unlikely to be remembered as a Chinese century – and reason to believe friendly powers can shape a balance in Asia that preserves the peace.

  • Location: Hill Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University, Education and Humanities Bldg, 90 South Street, Murdoch.
  • RSVP by 30th September 2016 

Dan Twining

Daniel Twining is director and senior fellow for Asia at the German Marshall Fund of the United States where he leads a 15-member team working on the rise of Asia and its implications for the West through a program of convening and research spanning East, Southeast, and South Asia. He previously served as a member of the US Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff (2007-9) and as the foreign policy advisor to US Senator John McCain (2001-4) and worked as a staff member of the US Trade Representative in 1997. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University.


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