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AIIA National Conference 2016

Monday 21st November 2016 9:00am AEST

The National Ball Room, Hotel Realm, Canberra

The AIIA’s National Conference is Australia’s premier event on Australian foreign policy. The 2016 National Conference brought together some of Australia’s leading international affairs experts to address the theme Australian Foreign Policy: Navigating the New International Disorder. Australia’s fate in coming years will be determined by its ability to understand and address a range of complex international issues.

Building on the success of last year’s conference, which drew a sellout crowd of more than 350 attendees and received overwhelmingly positive reviews (see here), the 2016 National Conference provided a unique opportunity to hear and engage directly with experts on Australia’s international affairs.

Speakers at the AIIA 2016 National Conference

Opening Session: Australian Foreign 

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

The Hon Kim Beazley AC FAIIA, National President, Australian Institute of International Affairs

Senator Richard Di Natale, Leader, The Australian Greens

 Senator The Hon Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development

Chair: Zara Kimpton OAM, National Vice-President, Australian Institute of International Affairs

Enhancing Australia’s Prosperity

George Megalogenis, Journalist and political commentator, former senior feature writer for The Australian for The Australian

Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia and former Board Director and lead partner at KPMG

Dr Elizabeth Thurbon, Associate Professor in International Relations and International Political Economy, University of New South Wales

Chair: Professor Shirley Scott, Professor of International Relations, University of New South Wales

Strengthening Australia’s Security

Peter Varghese AO, former Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and incoming Chancellor of the University of Queensland

John McCarthy AO FAIIA, former AIIA National President and former Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Mexico, Thailand, the United States, Indonesia and Japan, and High Commissioner to India

Professor Greg BartonChair of Global Islamic Politics, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University

 Dr. Jennifer Moroney, Director, RAND Australia

Chair: Professor Nick Bisley, Executive Director of La Trobe Asia, Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University and Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs

Australia’s Contribution to Global Issues 

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG FAIIA, international jurist and former Justice of the High Court of Australia of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Access to Essential Healthcare

Geraldine Doogue AO FAIIA, Journalist and Presenter, ABC

Professor Jacqui True, Professor of Politics and International Relations and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at Monash University

Akram Azimi, Young Australian of the Year 2013

 Chair: The Hon Penelope Wensley AC FAIIA, former Governor of Queensland and former Ambassador to the UN and High Commissioner to India

Concluding Remarks 

Melissa Conley Tyler, National Executive Director, Australian Institute of International Affairs


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Event Details

Hotel Realm, Canberra (View Map)

Date / Time
Monday 21st November 2016 9:00am AEST

AIIA National Office

23 Available out of 300

Registration Open
Friday 17th June 2016 12:00am AEST

Registration Close
Friday 25th November 2016 5:00pm AEST

Event registration has closed, on Friday 25th November 2016 5:00pm AEST.