REGIONAL WORKSHOPS Program Overview
This workshop is part of a two year program that involves three regional workshops held in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth in 2019, aimed at engaging young professionals in Australia with the potential to be the next generation of US-Australia Alliance (the Alliance) leaders.
Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the United States of America in Canberra, Griffith University, La Trobe University, the United States Studies Centre and the University of Western Australia, the Perth USAsia Centre Regional Workshops program focusses discussion on the Alliance.
Regional Workshops (2019) Highlights
Participants and speakers were invited to attend four workshops held in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra and were interviewed about the program benefits, the knowledge they have gained, why the US-Australia Alliance is important and their thoughts on its future.
The 2019 Perth USAsia Centre Regional Workshops overview video captures some highlights.
importance of the regional workshop program
The program comes at an important time for the US and Australia as the depth of cooperation and agreements between the two countries has never been greater. The Alliance now arcs well beyond the traditional areas of intelligence and security cooperation, encompassing trade and economics, shared values and people-to-people contacts.
We live, though, in challenging geopolitical times. Terrorism persists and conflict in the Middle East is ongoing. Revisionist powers are challenging the existing international order whilst 'the West' seems beset with its own problems from challenging economic conditions to domestic upheaval. Elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific, the rise of China has opened up major economic opportunities while presenting new challenges to the rules based international order and US hegemony in the region.
Regional Workshop Program aims and focus (2019)
The Regional Workshops program aims to introduce a group of approximately 45 young professionals to a range of Alliance issues through workshop sessions led by established academics and policymakers.
Each workshop offers discussions and presentations on topics such as:
- Shared values and democratic principles
- US-Australia strategic relations
- US-Australia cooperation on trade and economics
- Regional geopolitical issues and emerging security challenges
- Broader bilateral cooperation.
A range of key thinkers were brought together to address these issues, including:
- Professor Gordon Flake - CEO, Perth USAsia Centre
- Professor Peter Dean - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), The University of Western Australia
- Professor Caitlin Byrne - Director, Griffith Asia Institute
- Dr Sarah Teitt - Deputy Director, Asia Pacific Centre, The University of Queensland
- Alicia Doherty - QLD General Manager, American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham)
- Helen Reidy - Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate-General in Sydney
- Dr Jeffrey Wilson - Research Director, Perth USAsia Centre, The University of Western Australia
- Kate Longhurst - WA State Director, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade