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What was the Most Significant International Development in 2015?

Expert Panel-Fellows of the AIIA

HilaryCharlesworthHilary Charlesworth FAIIA-Professor, ANU; Director of Centre for International Governance and Justice ProfessorJocelynCheyAMJocelyn Chey AM FAIIA-Visiting Professor, University of Sydney; former Consul-General in Hong Kong JamesCottonJames Cotton FAIIA-Emeritus Professor at the University of NSW RawdonDalrympleRawdon Dalrymple AO FAIIA-Former Visiting Professor, University of Sydney; Chairman of ASEAN Focus Group Ltd GraemeDobellGraeme Dobell FAIIA-Journalist Fellow, Australian Strategic Policy Institute ErikaFellerErika Feller FAIIA-Former UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Janet_HuntJanet Hunt FAIIA-Former Head of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid
JamesIngramAOJames Ingram AO FAIIA-Former Diplomat and Head of the UN World Food Program JohnMcCarthyAOJohn McCarthy AO FAIIA-Former Ambassador to Japan, Indonesia, the United States, Thailand, Mexico and Vietnam JohnMcCarthyAOGeoffrey Miller AO FAIIA-Former Australian Ambassador to Japan; former Director-General of the Office of National Assessments RobertO’NeillRobert O’Neill FAIIA– Former Chichele Professor of the History of War, Oxford University GarryWoodardGarry Woodard FAIIA-Former Diplomat and Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne RichardWoolcottACRichard Woolcott AC FAIIA-Former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade RichardWoolcottACSamina Yasmeen AM FAIIA-Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Western Australia


Question: What was the most significant international development in 2015?

JamesIngramAOJames Ingram AO FAIIA The Paris Climate Accord and the decisive role played by Presidents Obama and Xi Jinping.
JohnMcCarthyAOJohn McCarthy AO FAIIA The refugee exodus.
GarryWoodardGarry Woodard FAIIA Obama’s quiet experiment to shrink exceptionalism (vulnerable to blow-back).
ProfessorJocelynCheyAMJocelyn Chey AM FAIIA The accord reached in Paris on the response to climate change.
RawdonDalrympleRawdon Dalrymple AO FAIIA The beginning of the end of Europe as we have known it.
ErikaFellerErika Feller FAIIA Russia’s escalation of its Syria involvement which may well accelerate the drive to solutions, one way or the other.
GraemeDobellGraeme Dobell FAIIA The waves of humanity sailing then walking into Europe, hope in their eyes and a mobile phone in hand, to be welcomed by Angela Merkel.

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Published December 24, 2015