Australia 360: How is Australia travelling in today’s world

How is Australia travelling in today’s world? As the axis of global power spins back towards Asia and the Pacific, is Australia well-placed to react to a rapidly-shifting world? Are we doing all we can to meet the challenges and opportunities in this ‘Asian century’, and how might we strengthen our place in our own neighbourhood? Does Australia even matter, are we punching above our weight or are we an insignificant quantity sinking in the tides of change?

Australia 360 seeks answers to those questions while asking even harder ones. It promises a no-holds barred, full and frank assessment of a hitherto ‘unknown country’ both domestically and on the world stage.

The one-day seminar represents the nation’s only in-depth annual stocktake and forecast of international policy, presented by Australia’s leading centre for international relations, diplomacy and our place in the region, the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.

Bringing together leading researchers, thinkers and practitioners, panels will cover Australia’s political, security and economic realities; its key relationships across the Asia Pacific region; our prospects for the future; and what policies are urgently needed to get us there.


Professor Michael Wesley

Michael Wesley is Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. His career has spanned academia, with previous appointments at the University of New South Wales, Griffith University, the University of Hong Kong, Sun Yat-sen University and the University of Sydney; government, where he worked as Assistant Director General for Transnational Issues at the Office of National Assessments; and think tanks, in which he was Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Professor Wesley has also served as the Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs. He is a Non-Executive Member of the Senior Leadership Group of the Australian Federal Police and a Member of the NSW/ACT Advisory Board for CEDA. His book, There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia, won the 2011 John Button Prize for the best writing on Australian public policy. His most recent book is Restless Continent: Wealth, Power and Asia’s New Geopolitics.

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