Australia-US: The alliance in an emerging Asia

When

8.00am–10.00pm

18 June 2014

Where

Canberra

Type

Conference

Topics

AllianceEconomics and businessForeign policy, defence and strategy

Following the success of the Alliance 21 conference in Washington DC in January 2014, current and former heads of government, business and academia convened in Canberra to consider our shared interests and the future of the alliance in an emerging Asia.

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP provided keynote addresses on foreign affairs and security challenges, and the Australian Minister for Trade, the Hon. Andrew Robb MP led the discussion on trade and development.

The Australian Ministers were joined at the invitation-only conference by other senior government, business, and military leaders from Australia and the United States who debated future policy directions for the alliance in an emerging Asia in relation to politics and security, trade and investment, resources and energy and advanced manufacturing.

Following the conference, the United States Studies Centre hosted a gala dinner in honour of the Governor General His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).

The Hon. Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial provided a welcome and comment, and keynote remarks were made by Senator the Hon. David Johnston, Australian Minister for Defence.

The United States Studies Centre was pleased to once again bring together leading Australians and Americans to share insights into the future of this dynamic part of the world as part of the Alliance 21 project’s examination of the contemporary Australia-US relationship.

Program

Welome

Professor Bates Gill, Chief Executive Officer, the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

The Honourable John Berry, United States Ambassador to Australia

Keynote

Mr Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, US Department of StateIntroduced by The Honourable John Berry

Major General Richard L. Simcock, II, Deputy Commander, US Marine Corps Forces, PacificIntroduced by The Honourable Robert Hill AC

RESOURCES AND ENERGY

Keynote address: Mr Roy KrzywosinskiManaging Director, Chevron Australia

Introduced by Mr Tony Wood

Panel discussion

The Honourable Martin Ferguson AM, Director, BG Group/ Chair, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Advisory Board

Mr Ian Kemish AM, Strategic Advisor, Asia Pacific, ExxonMobil

Mr Roy Krzywosinski, Managing Director, Chevron Australia

Chair: Mr Tony Wood, Energy Program Director, Grattan Institute

Keynote

The Honourable Julie Bishop MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs

Introduced by Professor Bates Gill

TRADE AND INVESTMENT

Keynote address: The Honourable Andrew Robb MP, Australian Minister for Trade (Transcript Here)Introduced by Professor Geoffrey Garrett

Video address: Ambassador Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President

Panel discussion

Mr Grant Aldonas, Principal Managing Director, Split Rock International, Former US Undersecretary for International Trade

Mr Andrew L. Stoler, Consultant, international trade issues and negotiations, Former Deputy Director WTO, Former Executive Director, Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide

Chair: Professor Geoffrey Garrett, Co-Director Alliance 21, Dean, Australian School of Business, University of NSW, Dean (Designate), The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY / ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

Video interview: Mr Jason Miller, Deputy Director, National Economic Council, The White HouseMr Kevin Kolevar, Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, The Dow Chemical Company

Chair: The Honourable Robert Hill AC, Co-Director Alliance 21, Adjunct Professor in Sustainability, US Studies Centre, Former Australian Minister for Defence, Minister for the Environment, Ambassador to the UN

Panel discussion

Mr Innes Willox, Group Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group

Mr John Pollaers, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Brands, Chair, Advanced Manufacturing Council, Australia

Dr John Daley, Chief Executive Officer, Grattan Institute

Chair: The Honourable Robert Hill AC, Co-Director Alliance 21, Adjunct Professor in Sustainability, US Studies Centre, Former Australian Minister for Defence, Minister for the Environment, Ambassador to the UN

POLITICS AND SECURITY IN AN EMERGING ASIA

Keynote address: The Honourable Tanya Plibersek MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development

Introduced by Professor Russell Trood

Panel discussion

Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, retired US Army Lt. General

Mr Douglas H. Paal, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Former Director of the American Institute in Taiwan, former Senior Director for Asian Affairs and Special Assistant to the President, US National Security Council

Mr Allan Gyngell AO, Former Director-General, Office of National Assessments, Australia

Lieutenant General Peter Leahy, National Security Institute, University of Canberra, Former Chief of the Australian Army

Chair: Professor Russell Trood, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Adjunct Professor, Defence and Security Program, US Studies Centre, Former Liberal Senator for Queensland

Close

Professor Bates Gill, Chief Executive Officer, the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

DINNER

Introduction: Professor Bates Gill, Chief Executive Officer, the United States Studies Centre

Keynote address: The Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd)

Speech: The Honourabel Dr Brendan Nelson, Director, Australian War Memorial

Keynote address: Senator The Honourable David Johnston, Minister for Defence and Senator for Western Australia, also officially representing the Honourable Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia

Speech: The Honourable Robert Hill AC, Co-Director Alliance 21, Adjunct Professor in Sustainability, US Studies Centre, Former Australian Minister for Defence, Minister for the Environment, Ambassador to the UN

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