Government, military, and business leaders from Australia and the US will discuss the future for the Australia–US alliance in the context of the rapidly changing Asia–Pacific region as part of a landmark United States Studies Centre conference on 18 June. Following this week’s bilateral meeting between Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and US President Barack Obama, Australia–US: The Alliance in an Emerging Asia will consider the next steps for one of the Asia–Pacific’s strongest relationships. Against the background of ongoing geopolitical tensions in North Asia and trade negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Trade Andrew Robb will provide the Australian Government perspective in two keynote addresses while US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel will present from the United States. The day-long deliberations will be followed by a gala dinner at which Minister for Defence David Johnston will speak. Other participants in the Canberra conference will include: Ambassador Karl Eikenberry William J. Perry Fellow in International Security, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Retired US Army Lt. General The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP Deputy Leader of the Opposition Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development Major General Richard L Simcock II Deputy Commander US Marine Corps Forces, Pacific The conference is part of the United States Studies Centre’s Alliance 21 project and the full program is available for download. What: Australia–US: The Alliance in an Emerging Asia When: 8.30–5.15pm, Wednesday 18 June, 2014 Where: The Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT Media representatives are welcome to attend. Registration is required. MEDIA REGISTRATION AND ENQUIRIES: Annabel McGilvray T 0405 260 919 E