On the 21st
July, the Perth USAsia Centre convened an online private dialogue with Australia’s most recent Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Ms Jane Duke.
In this Ambassador’s Dialogue
, Ms Duke shared her considerable insights from the region, which were followed by a Chatham House Rule discussion on the way forward for the Australia-ASEAN relationship:
- South East Asia sits at the economic and geographic centre of the Indo-Pacific, and ASEAN centrality is a tenet of regional relationships and region-led diplomatic processes. As ASEAN’s first Dialogue Partner in 1974, Australia has long sought to be a partner with ASEAN in supporting regional peace and stability.
- A deeper economic relationship with Southeast Asia is also a priority for Australia. In an era of great power competition and COVID-19, further understanding Australia’s relationships in Southeast Asia is crucial.
- Australia’s Mission to ASEAN is responsible for advancing Australia’s interest with ASEAN and ASEAN-led processes. It was established in September 2013 in Jakarta, headquarters of the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Committee of Permanent Representatives.
Ms Duke is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Prior to her ASEAN post, Ms Duke was most recently DFAT’s Assistant Secretary, South-East Asia Regional Branch. She previously served overseas as Deputy High Commissioner, Malaysia, and at Australia's Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva. Ms Duke holds a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the Australian National University.