The Perth USAsia Centre regularly hosts invite-only roundtable discussions with Australian and international diplomats and world-leading foreign policy experts covering international diplomacy, trade and economics and security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. With only 25 seats available at each roundtable, each discussion is off-the-record and is attended by some of Western Australia's leading figures in government, business, civil society and more.
You can view a list of the upcoming roundtables here
. If you are interested in attending an invite-only roundtable discussion, you can express your interest below:
- First and last name
- Your current degree
- Area of interest
As part of your expression of interest, you should also:
- Identify which roundtable you would like to join
- Explain why you should be a part of the roundtable luncheon
rules and code of conduct
Chatham house rules
Each roundtable discussion is conducted under "Chatham House Rule". The Chatham House Rule aims to provide anonymity to speakers and to encourage openness and the sharing of information. Generally, the Centre's roundtable discussions are not recorded live and/ or live-tweeted due to the sensitive nature of the roundtable discussions.
The Chatham House Rule reads as follows:
"When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed" -
Chatham House UK (read here
Since the roundtable discussions are invite-only and generally host high-level guests from international diplomacy, business and government, the Centre advises students to dress appropriately in business or smart casual attire for a professional setting and are expected to demonstrate good judgement and professional taste.
Business attire for men includes: suits, sport jackets and pants that are typical of business formal attire at work. Ties are optional.
Business attire for women includes: pant and skirt suits and sport jackets appropriate to a formal business attire environment.
Upon the commencement of the roundtable discussion, the Host of the roundtable will introduce the Speaker/ Guest of Honour. The Host will then ask each participant in the roundtable to briefly introduce themselves. Student participants are encouraged to introduce themselves with:
- Your name
- Your enrolled course of study
- Your interest in the topic of the roundtable
Following the Speaker/ Guest of Honour's keynote remarks, the Host will open up the opportunity for participants to interact and ask questions to the Speaker. If you are interested in asking a question, you may raise your hand and the Host will acknowledge you and you will be next in-line to ask a question. As a roundtable participant, it is not compulsory to ask questions and many participants on the roundtable are also interested in simply listening to the discussions.
Ambassador Jan Adams
Ambassador Jan Adams is Australia's Ambassador to China and she discussed her observations on Chinese foreign policy. She also explored the Australia-China relationship and the potential future of China's role in the Indo-Pacific.
Senator Penny Wong
Senator Penny Wong visited the Perth USAsia Centre in November 2017 where she explored Labor's "FutureAsia" policy and its ambitions for the future of Australia's international relations.
Ben Flatgard is the former Director for Cybersecurity Policy under US President Obama from 2009-2017 and was the 2017 Alliance 21 Fellow. He explored the future of cybersecurity policy in the Indo-Pacific and how countries like Australia and the US can manage the emerging threats in the cyber sphere.
High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu
High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu is Australia's High Commissioner to India and launched Realising the Indo-Pacific: Tasks for India's Regional Integration in Perth. She discussed the significance of the Australia-India relationship and its opportunities and challenges in the coming years.
Matthew P. Goodman
Matthew P. Goodman is the Senior Advisor for Asian economics and holds the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at CSIS. He explored the significance of the Asian economy and how the Trump Administration's "America First" agenda has regional implications in the Indo-Pacific.
Dr Mari Elka Pangestu
Dr Mari Elka PAngestu was the former Indonesian Minister of Trade (2004-2011) and Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (2011-2014). She explored the potential for Indonesia to be the fourth largest economy in the world by 2050 and discussed opportunities for Australian businesses to be a part of that growth through innovation and partnership.
Ambassador Sumio Kusaka
Ambassador Sumio Kusaka is Japan's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Australia. Ambassador Kusaka explored the Australia - Japan relationship and the opportunities for Australia and Japan to influence and shape the future of the Indo-Pacific region.
Dr Valerie Hudson
Dr Valerie Hudson is Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair in the Department of International Affairs of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She explored China's gender imbalance and presented her research on how the gender imbalance has international security implications for China and the Indo-Pacific region.