Roundtable with Mr Paul Myler

Tuesday 23 April 2024

On 23 April 2024, the Perth USAsia Centre held a roundtable discussion with Mr Paul Myler, Deputy Head of Mission for the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC.

Australia’s relationship with the United States is at a high point – it’s Australia’s number one foreign direct investor and primary security partner including through the AUKUS pact. Collaboration is growing across many other areas, including critical minerals and the energy transition. With Americans heading to the polls on 5 November 2024, and US-China competition hardening, understanding dynamics in the US has never been more important.

Mr Myler joined us for a fruitful discussion on the latest developments in Washington DC, including the upcoming election, AUKUS, the US’ global role, artificial intelligence, energy, space and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Australia.



As Deputy Head of Mission in Washington DC, Paul Myler has supported Ambassadors Hockey, Sinodinos and now Rudd through the major geopolitical and economic shifts of the last five years including: COVID19; China’s economic coercion and Australia’s responding diversification of markets and prioritisation of trusted supply chains; re-energising of the Quad and founding of AUKUS; designing Australia’s response to the Biden Administration’s Inflation Reduction Act; and the revival of the threat of major power conflict.

Prior to Washington, Mr Myler held the positions of Assistant Secretary, North East Asia and Assistant Secretary, India and Indian Ocean with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), spearheading efforts to increase strategic and defence cooperation, diversify Australia’s economy and generate a more robust Indo-Pacific regional architecture. Mr Myler led Australia’s civilian participation in key INDOPACOM military exercises in 2017 (Talisman Saber) and2019 (Pacific Sentry).

From 2013-15, Mr Myler was Australia’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation and the countries of Central Asia.   He has also served as Chief of Staff to Australia’s Minister for Resources and Energy.

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