Shaping a new ethos of geo-politics and geo-economics: the role of emerging powers in G20, BRICS, IBSA and IORADate Thu, 01 Mar 2018Time 18:00 – 19:00Location AIIA (ACT Branch)
The “New Reality” of the 21st century reflects a volatile, complex and unpredictable global environment that is riddled with both risks and opportunities. In this address, visiting South African speaker Professor Anil Sooklal focuses on the newer types of organisational formations that are playing a key role in shaping the global ethos. The BRICS, IORA, G20 and even the IBSA are central to the emerging means of diplomatic engagement and represent an increasing trend of building collective interest in global development. This year, in addition to chairing BRICS, South Africa is also chairing IORA and the Southern African Development Community. South Africa views all of these as critical in advancing its foreign policy goals.
This address will focus on how South Africa views the changing world, and how it is utilising these new formations to advance its foreign policy objectives, in addition to traditional multilateral institutions. It looks at the importance of the Asia-Pacific region to the changing world order and how South Africa and its partners in this...More >
How to read the forthcoming Russian presidential election: Thoughts following a recent visit to Mainland Russia and the Crimean peninsulaDate Thu, 08 Mar 2018Time 18:00 – 19:00Location AIIA (ACT Branch)
Former Australian diplomat and author of the recent book Return to Moscow, Tony Kevin, has just returned from a three-week independent visit to Russia, which included unusual access to Russian media, and a short side-visit to Crimea where he stayed a few days in Sevastopol and Yalta and was unexpectedly invited to meet the Chief Minister, Sergey Aksyonov, in Simferopol. He will offer some analysis on the international context of the forthcoming Russian presidential election on 18 March, which Putin seems set easily to win; on the state of democracy in Russia as different groups of Russians see it; on the Ukraine and Crimean issues; and on current prospects in Russia-West relations in the revived Cold War.
Tony Kevin was an Australian career diplomat and foreign policy analyst from 1968 to 1998. His first posting was to Moscow during the Cold War 1969-71, and his last posts were as Ambassador to Poland 1991-94 and to Cambodia 1994-97. Since retirement from government service, he has moved to a new career as the author of five published books, and independent commentator on questions of Australian government policy. His latest book Return to Moscow, a literary travel memoir of a one-month visit to Russia two years ago, was published by UWA Publishing in February 2017.
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- Date Wed, 28 Mar 2018Time 18:30 – 22:30Location The Boat House
The ACT Branch of the AIIA will hold its 2018 Annual Dinner at The Boat House on Wednesday 28 March at 6.30pm for 7.00pm. The cost will be $100 per person for members and $110 for non-members.
Mr David Irvine AO will be guest of honour and speaker at our dinner. Mr Irvine will discuss "The Australian Foreign Policy White Paper: What Now?"More >