The US Pivot to Asia: What It Means for Australia

Event details

Department of International Relations Seminar

Date & time

Friday 25 October 2013


Lecture Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
ANU Canberra


Professor Geoffrey Garrett


Richard Carney
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After Barack Obama was forced by the government shutdown/debt ceiling crisis to stay in Washington rather than participate in APEC and the EAS, and with crises inexorably drawing the US back into the Middle East, it is tempting to dismiss the US pivot to Asia as stillborn. This temptation should be resisted for two reasons. First, political gridlock masks the recovery of the US economy. Second, the US's coming energy independence coupled with its unique economic interdependence-political rivalry with China makes a greater American focus on Asia inevitable. But the short term weakness of the Obama presidency creates a challenge for Australia: how to support the US at a time when its brand in Asia is at a low ebb. This seminar will discuss how Australia should act in this challenging environment, with a focus on trade and investment and political military cooperation.

Professor Geoffrey Garrett became Dean of the Australian School of Business in February 2013. Before returning to Australia as founding CEO of the United States Studies Centre and then as Dean of the University of Sydney Business School, Garrett was President of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles and Dean of the UCLA International Institute. Garrett has held continuing academic appointments at Oxford, Stanford and Yale universities and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, a Trustee of the Asia Foundation in San Francisco, a Member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Editorial Board of Global Policy. His academic publications include Partisan Politics in the Global Economy, The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy and numerous articles in International Organization. Garrett holds a BA (Hons) from the ANU and an MA and PhD from Duke University where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

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