15 minutes in Canberra

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in foreign policy? Canberra is buzzing with seasoned foreign affairs and strategic policy experts, but for newcomers and mid-tier professionals, the ‘Canberra bubble’ can be tricky to navigate.

Join host Hayley Channer on the ground as she speaks with colleagues from government, academia, and the private sector, to bring you their unique policy insights and career advice in a neat 15 minutes.  

Based in Canberra, Australia, Hayley Channer is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre.

Is there a role for industry in supporting Australia’s foreign and defence goals?

The Indo-Pacific is an attractive market for both Australian and overseas businesses to invest. Companies are becoming more savvy to the strategic importance of the region and are eager to partner with the Australian Government, including to help support the government’s foreign and security policy agendas.

While industry doesn’t lead Australia’s engagements with the region, it has a significant role to play. Industry is increasingly being used as an international relations tool, including in situations where other diplomatic channels have broken down, and it is also responsible for developing many of the strategic capabilities used by national agencies.

So, how is industry and the Australian Government working in tandem to achieve their objectives, and how can Australian businesses improve their resilience during times of international uncertainty?

Alyssa Waters joins 15 Minutes in Canberra to discuss all of these issues and more, drawing on her experience working in state and federal government, the Department of Defence, and now, with government strategy firm, CMax Advisory.

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