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Trilateral conference

CONFERENCE

 

Strengthening Australia-Japan-US Strategic Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges

Speakers: Various, see program below
Date: Monday, 30 January 2017
Venue: Crawford Building #132, 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU

This conference features expert speakers and leading security policy voices from Australia, Japan, the United States, India and Southeast Asia. They will discuss a range of security issues that are preoccupying governments in Australia, Japan and the US as well as from within our shared Indo-Pacific region, and explore the prospects and challenges for enhancing the Australia-Japan-US trilateral security relationship.

The conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing two key Indo-Pacific alliances: the US-Australia and US-Japan strategic relationships; regional security challenges for the alliances, including the South China Sea; opportunities to deepen the Australia-Japan strategic partnership; and how Australia, Japan and the United States can work with other regional security players.


PROGRAM (Draft)


9:30am
Registration opens


10am
Conference welcome and opening remarks

  • Professor Brian Schmidt AC FAA FRS, Vice Chancelllor, ANU
  • Professor Rory Medcalf, Head of the ANU National Security College
  • His Excellency Sumio Kusaka, Ambassador of Japan to Australia
  • Graham Fletcher, First Assistant Secretary, North Asia Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Mr John Hennessey-Nilad, Political Counselor, Embassy of the Unites States

10:25am
Challenges and opportunities for two key Indo-Pacific alliances: the US-Australia and US-Japan strategic relationships

Speakers: 

  • Professor Satoshi Morimoto, Former Minister of Defence, Japan
  • Dr Amy Searight, Senior Adviser and Director, Southeast Asia Program, CSIS, Washington DC
  • Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Professor James Goldrick AO CSC, ANU

Chair: Professor Rory Medcalf, Head, ANU National Security College


11.30am
Morning tea


11.45am
Regional security challenges for the alliances, including the South China Sea

Speakers: 

  • Professor Yuichi Hosoya, Keio University
  • Associate Professor Stephan Fruhling, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU
  • Assistant Professor Richard Heydarian, De La Salle University, Manila

Chair:  Ms Marina Tsirbas, Senior Executive Advisor (Policy Engagement), National Security College, ANU


1pm
Lunch


2pm
Opportunities to deepen the Australia-Japan-US strategic partnership

Speakers:

  • Colonel (Ret'd) Grant Newsham, Senior Research Fellow, Japan Forum for Strategic Studies
  • Dr Ross Babbage, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
  • Professor Yuichi Hosoya, Keio University

Chair: Associate Professor Brendan Taylor, Acting Director, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU


3:30pm
Afternoon tea

 


3.50pm
How Australia, Japan and the United States can work with other regional security players

Speakers:

  • Mr Dhruva Jaishankar, Fellow for Foreign Policy, Brookings India
  • Professor Gordon Flake, CEO, Perth USAsia Centre
  • Dr David Brewster, Senior Research Fellow, National Security College, ANU

Chair:  Associate Professor Matthew Sussex, Academic Director, National Security College, ANU


5:20pm
Closing remarks

Professor Rory Medcalf, Head, ANU National Security College


7:15pm
Conference dinner

Welcome and introduction: Professor Michael Wesley, Dean, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU

Speaker: Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston, AK, AFC (Ret’d)

Vote of thanks: Professor Rory Medcalf, Head, ANU National Security College


 

This conference is hosted by the ANU National Security College as part of a wider project of research and events in partnership with the Embassy of Japan. The College would also like to thank the Embassy of the Unites States for its support in bringing Dr Amy Searight to Australia for this event.


 

 

The National Security College is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Government and ANU.

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