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ASEAN in Focus 2022: What does Australia need to know about ASEAN?
With a new government, Australia’s relationship with Southeast Asia looks set to take on renewed diplomatic interest. Over the past few years, the region has been viewed as a theatre of great power competition, where China and the United States are engaged in a battle for hearts and minds. But this approach to the region, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) specifically, overlooks its political, economic, security, and socio-cultural importance to Australia—an importance that will continue regardless of the outcome of these power struggles.

In this panel, we take a deeper look at what needs to be considered if Australia is to build closer and more conducive ties to ASEAN and to its member nations. Considering, but also moving beyond, “battlefield” narratives and looking at the vast potential that a closer relationship might offer both sides, we ask: What does Australia need to know about ASEAN—its internal dynamics, ongoing and emerging challenges, and future aspirations—to really capitalise on this potential and take our relationship with the region to a new level? And what are the risks if Australia doesn’t take meaningful steps to better understand and engage with our close neighbours?

This event is co-hosted by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) and the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership (AASYP).

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Aug 4, 2022 05:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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