AUSMIN 2020: Bolstering resilience in the Indo-Pacific



22 July 2020




(Washington DC time: Tuesday, 21 July, 8.00-9.00pm EDT)

The 30th round of the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations will soon take place at a time of major global disruption and unprecedented domestic pressure, accelerated by the spread of COVID-19. It is a critical moment for the Australia-US alliance to provide strong and collaborative regional leadership in the Indo-Pacific.

Bolstering the resilience of our neighbourhood should be at the top of the policy agenda, spanning health security and economic development to the balance of military power and our shared defences against disinformation and cyberattack. Although the United States is mired in a pandemic-fuelled health crisis, and while Australia is only tentatively recovering from COVID-19’s first wave, our shared interests in fostering a healthy, stable and resilient Indo-Pacific cannot be postponed and must be wholeheartedly embraced at AUSMIN 2020.

To discuss these issues, USSC hosted a webinar on our latest report Bolstering Resilience in the Indo-Pacific: Policy Options for AUSMIN After COVID-19, featuring authors Director of Foreign Policy and Defence Ashley Townshend, Research Fellow Brendan Thomas-Noone, Research Associate Matilda Steward of the United States Studies Centre, and Dr Jeffrey Wilson, Research Director at the Perth USAsia Centre in conversation with Perth USAC CEO Gordon Flake.


  • Ashley Townshend
    Ashley Townshend
    Non-Resident Senior Fellow, United States Studies Centre

    Ashley Townshend is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre and Senior Fellow for Indo-Pacific Security at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the founding co-chair of the annual US-Australia Indo-Pacific Deterrence Dialogue and was the Director of Foreign Policy and Defence at the United States Studies Centre from June 2017 to June 2022.

  • Brendan Thomas-Noone
    Brendan Thomas-Noone

    Brendan was formerly a Research Fellow in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the United States Studies Centre.

  • Matilda Steward
    Matilda Steward

    Matilda Steward was previously a Research Associate in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program and tutor in US and Australian politics at the United States Studies Centre.

  • Dr Jeffrey Wilson
    Dr Jeffrey Wilson
    Research Fellow, Perth USAsia Centre

    Dr Jeffrey D. Wilson is a Research Fellow with the Perth USAsia Centre at the University of Western Australia. He is a political scientist, who specialises in economic regionalism and resource/energy politics in the Asia-Pacific.

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