Prospects for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region



13 August 2012


The University of Sydney

Much of the history of the 21st century will be written in the Asia-Pacific. US-China relations are the region's most important dynamic. With both countries in the middle of leadership transitions while facing significant bilateral geopolitical tensions amid global economic stagnation and uncertainty, what are the prospects for peace and prosperity in our region?

Former US Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis C. Blair, discussed these issues with former Australian Minister for Defence, Robert Hill AC, at a free public event at the University of Sydney's MacLauin Hall.


  • Admiral Dennis C. Blair
    Former United States Director of National Intelligence

    Admiral Dennis C. Blair served as the United States Director of National Intelligence from January 2009 to May 2010. He led sixteen national intelligence agencies, administering a budget of $50 billion and providing integrated intelligence support to the President, Congress and operations in the field. Prior to rejoining the government...

  • The Honourable Robert Hill, AC
    Former Australian Minister for Defence and Minister for the Environment and Heritage

    Robert Hill AC was an adjunct professor in sustainability at the US Studies Centre until 2016. Previously, Hill represented South Australia in the Australian Senate and was Leader of the Government in the Senate from March 1996 until his resignation in January 2006. He is a former Minister for the Environment, Minister for the Environment and Heritage and Minister for Defence. Following his resignation from Parliament, Hill was Australian Ambassador to the United Nations for Australia.