Roundtable with Chris Socha

On Wednesday 11 October 2023, the Perth USAsia Centre hosted Chris Socha, Staff Director at the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Matt Sullivan, Chief Counsel of the Committee, and Mike Urena, Professional Staff Member covering Political-Military affairs for Senator Jim Risch, for a roundtable attended by leaders from government, business, industry, and education.
 
The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is a standing committee in the US Congress, charged with leading foreign policy legislation and debate. These discussions have become increasingly complex, as the strategic dynamics of the Indo-Pacific continue to evolve, and the US seeks to redefine its engagement in the region.
 
Mr Socha joined us to discuss the US outlook on the Indo-Pacific, and the future of the US-Australia partnership in the region.
 
The Australia-US alliance is more important than ever. Building on the relationship, AUKUS brings a new level of integration in security and defence-related science, technology, industrial bases, and supply chains. The alliance is broader than growing defence cooperation, however. Australia and the US are committed to a rules-based order and economic cooperation. In times of increasing strategic competition in the Indo-Pacific, both will continue to collaborate to promote these shared values in the region.

About Chris Socha

Christian Bien is an Australian-born Vietnamese, with both parents being boat refugees as a result of the Vietnam War before they settled in Perth in 1981. He is an alumnus of the 2023 Australian-Vietnam Leadership Dialogue, promoting cross-border collaboration on UN SDGs goals between Australia and Vietnam. Mr Bien is the Co-Founder and CEO of Elucidate Education, a not-for-profit organisation with a mission of providing all Australian high school students with the support they need to achieve through the use of a free online platform, currently encompassing more than 23,000 Australian users and 82,000 users worldwide.

He is also a Westpac Future Leaders Scholar at the University of Melbourne, Chartered Accountant, One Young World scholar and a delegate of the 2023 Australian-ASEAN Emerging Leaders program.

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