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AIIA National Conference 2015

Monday 19th October 2015 9:00am AEST

Registration is available at the door on the day of the conference

8.45am-5.15pm Monday 19 October – Hotel Realm, Canberra

For over 90 years, the Australian Institute of International Affairs has played a unique role as an independent, non-partisan forum for debate on Australia’s engagement in the world. The AIIA was recently ranked the #1 Think Tank in Southeast Asia in the Global Go To Think Tank Index. The AIIA’s 2015 National Conference will bring together some of Australia’s leading international affairs experts to address the question “Australian Foreign Policy: Regional or Global?”.   

Confirmed Speakers:

Australian Foreign Policy

The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development

Senator Scott Ludlam, Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Australian Greens

John McCarthy FAIIA, National President, Australian Institute of International Affairs

Enhancing Australia’s Prosperity

Mukund Narayanamurti, Chief Executive Officer, Asialink Business

Professor Mark Beeson, Professor of International Politics, the University of Western Australia

Justin Brown, Acting Deputy Secretary Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Strengthening Australia’s Security

The Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FAIIA, former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chancellor, ANU

Tom Switzer, United States Studies Centre, the University of Sydney

Professor Linda Jakobson, Visiting Professor, United States Studies Centre; co-founder, China Matters

Professor Ramesh Thakur, Director, Centre for Nuclear Non- Proliferation and Disarmament, ANU

Contributing to Global Issues

Professor Brian Schmidt AC, Nobel Laureate in Physics and incoming Vice-Chancellor, ANU

Tim Wilson, Australian Human Rights Commissioner

Dr Sara Davies, Australian Centre for Health and Law Research

Michael Sheldrick, Global Poverty Project and Young Australian of the Year Finalist 2013

Don’t miss this unrivaled opportunity to engage directly with some of Australia’s foremost foreign policy thinkers. International relations practitioners, commentators, students, the business community and interested members of the public should book tickets early to ensure you don’t miss outInterested persons can take a look at last year’s national conference Outcomes Report.

Our final program for the day’s events is now available here.

The AIIA 2015 National Conference is proudly presented in collaboration with our sponsors:


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AIIA Masterclasses

NB: Masterclass applications have now closed

In conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade the 2015 National Conference will be accompanied by Masterclasses on foreign policy. The Masterclasses will be held at DFAT’s Civic office on London Circuit on Sunday 18th of October. Masterclasses are intimate workshops designed for young professionals and students to directly engage with leading figures in international affairs. If you are interested in the chance to learn from some of the most respected experts in the field, ensure you register for the National Conference to be eligible to attend.

Masterclasses are available on the following topics:

International Organisations: Erika Feller FAIIA, former Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Defence: Ric Smith AO PSM FAIIA, former Secretary of the Department of Defence

Diplomacy: Geoffrey Miller AO FAIIA, former Ambassador to Japan, South Korea and New Zealand

Intelligence: Allan Gyngell AO FAIIA, former Director-General of the Office of National Assessments and founding Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy

Media: Graeme Dobell FAIIA, former ABC and Radio Australia Correspondent

Aid and Development: Dr Janet Hunt FAIIA, former Executive Director of the Australia Council for Overseas Aid

Academia: Professor James Cotton FAIIA, Emeritus Professor, UNSW Canberra

Breaking News:

Conference sponsor Routledge Taylor & Francis will be offering a workshop on getting published to successful masterclass applicants as part of the program.

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Prices for National Conference:

Adult members: $175.00;
Adult non-members: $275.00;
Student members: $85.00;
Student non-members: $125.00

To register, select the appropriate ticket option at the bottom of the page and click “Continue”. Alternatively you may make an electronic funds transfer or fill out a National Conference Registration Form and mail it to our office.

Electronic Funds Transfer:

If you would like to pay by direct transfer, please use your name as the reference and email nationalconference@internationalaffairs.org.au  with the reference number to alert us of your transfer.

The account details are:
BSB: 032776
Account No: 130044

If applicable, please consider the following special hotel offers for Conference delegates.

Click the following link to view the Conference’s cancellation policy: Conference Ticket Cancellation Policy.

If you experience any technical difficulties when logging in or registering, we have provided step-by-step Registration Instructions for your convenience. Alternatively, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the National Office on (02) 6282 2133. One of our friendly staff members will assist you.


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Event Details

Hotel Realm Canberra, National Circuit, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia (View Map)

Date / Time
Monday 19th October 2015 9:00am AEST

AIIA National Office

Registration Open
Wednesday 15th July 2015 9:00am AEST

Registration Close
Monday 19th October 2015 9:00am AEST

Event registration has closed, on Monday 19th October 2015 9:00am AEST.