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Atlantic Council & Australia October Updates

Food Insecurity

Inquiry into food security in Australia

Following a referral from the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator the Hon Murray Watt, on 26 October 2022 the House Standing Committee on Agriculture commenced an inquiry into food security in Australia.

International Monetary Fund and Work Bank

This first-of-its-kind convening of leaders from international financial institutions, central banks, businesses, technology providers, and governments aims to establish an understanding of the issues countries must consider before issuing a CBDC.

Navigating ‘digital empires’: how to pursue innovation through tech regulation

Australia Fintech - The Convergence of data, identity and payments

Expert panel discussion with senior US and EU officials on Russia sanctions circumvention and enforcement.

In this special public lecture, Professor Charlesworth examines the history and contemporary significance of the International Court of Justice, by exploring various strands of criticism concerning the Court's structure and approach to international law. It concludes by arguing that regulatory theory offers valuable insights into the Court's strengths, potential, and limits. The Myint Zan Law and Philosophy Lecture is an annual lecture made possible by the generosity of the donor, Professor Myint Zan. Each lecture is presented by an outstanding and distinguished scholar working in law or philosophy or at the intersection of them and help to build valuable bridges across the university and beyond the academy to address fundamental challenges facing humankind.

Indo-Pacific Strategy

The Atlantic Council’s Indo-Pacific Security Initiative presents a hybrid discussion with Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Camille P. Dawson, on US Indo-Pacific strategy. The conversation focuses on incorporating new and flexible minilateral engagements into the existing regional security architecture.

The 2023 Defence Strategic Review placed deterrence and the ability to deploy Australian military forces forward of the continent as key elements of Australia’s defence strategy. In their report published by the Army Research Centre, Dr Andrew Carr and Prof Stephan Frühling examine the role of land forces for signalling deterrence commitments, and draw lessons from historical experience for Australia and the Australian Army.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), in partnership with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) Critical and emerging technologies are a core area of contention in the current great power competition taking place in the Indo-Pacific.

The ANU Drysdale Public Forum features a presentation on ‘Why ASEAN Centrality Matters’ by Sidharto Suryodipuro, Director General for ASEAN Cooperation in the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the principal coordinator of Indonesia’s role as Chair of ASEAN in 2023. Since its establishment in 1967, ASEAN has showcased remarkable resilience in navigating power struggles among major global players. As the region finds itself at the centre of geopolitical tensions, understanding ASEAN’s leadership and centrality is pivotal in shaping the trajectory of the region and its position in the international order, as well as how best Australia might shape its own foreign policy in the region. This forum offers a platform to explore and discuss the importance of ASEAN’s centrality and its implications for foreign policy directions. Sidharto R. Suryodipuro is currently the Director General of ASEAN Cooperation in the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, he served as the Indonesian Ambassador to India from 2017 to 2020. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC from 2014 to 2017. Suryodipuro’s extensive experience also includes his role as the Director for Intra-Regional Cooperation in Asia Pacific and Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2014. This event is hosted by the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research (EABER). EABER is an organisation based out of the Australian National University for high-quality economic research focussing on issues facing the economies of East Asia.

Congressional Strategic Posture Commission Commissioners and other experts discuss the future of US nuclear strategy, policy, and capabilities.

Pivot to Europe

The enlargment of the European Union has once again been reinvigorated as a geopolitical necessity since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Since the invasion, the European Council has granted candidacy status to Ukraine and Moldova and reiterated support for Georgia’s European perspective. Countries in the Western Balkans, long in Europe’s waiting room for membership, have also found their EU aspirations bolstered as well. As a close partner of the United States, the EU’s reform and enlargement carries important implications not just for Brussels or capitals of candidate countries, but for the transatlantic relationship as well. What should US policymakers know about EU enlargement, and how will it affect the US-EU relationship? Can the EU be ready to take on new members, and what are the geopolitical ramifications of action or inaction? How will reform and enlargement of the EU change the bloc’s geopolitical ambitions? EU experts discuss the prospects for the future of the EU’s enlargement.

Atlantic Council experts unpack the US-EU Summit in Washington and its implications for the future of the transatlantic relationship.

A week of hybrid programming highlighting how the United States and Central Europe can together lead in shaping transatlantic responses to global challenges

The third annual EU-US Defense and Future Forum gathers policymakers from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss how the EU-US relationship can further strengthen collective prosperity and security.

Global Energy Forum


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