What's in a name? Defining Australia's region

Stream: Panel 5 - International Relations: Roundtable: What's in a Name? Defining Australia's Region 
Date: Monday, 26 September 2016
Time: 11.30 am – 1.00 pm


Australia's relationship with Asia is vital but problematic. One of the key issues in this context is the way the region in question is actually conceived. This Roundtable will consider the political, economic and strategic implications of regional definition and consider the following questions in particular. What impact have attempts to define 'Australia's region' had on the way it engages with its neighbors? What implications does the rise of the 'Indo Pacific' have for Australian foreign policy and existing alternatives such as the 'Asia-Pacific'? Crucially, what impact will the idea of an Indo-Pacific region have on Australia's relationships with the US, China, Japan, Indonesia and India? Speakers: Mark Beeson (Chair/UWA) David Brewster (ANU) Kanishka Jayasuriya (Murdoch) Baogang He (Deakin) Nick Bisley (LaTrobe)


Mark Beeson (Presenter), UWA
Mark Beeson is Professor of International Politics at the University of Western Australia. Before joining UWA, he taught at Murdoch, Griffith, Queensland, York (UK) and Birmingham, where he was also head of department. His work is centred on the politics, economics and security of the broadly conceived Asia-Pacific region. He is the co-editor of Contemporary Politics, and the founding editor of Critical Studies of the Asia Pacific.

Nick Bisley (Presenter), LaTrobe
Nick Bisley is Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University. His research and teaching expertise is in Asia's international relations of the Asia-Pacific, globalisation and the diplomacy of great powers. Nick is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs, the country’s oldest scholarly journal in the field of International Relations. Nick is a director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, a member of the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific and has been a Senior Research Associate of the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

Baogang He (Presenter), Deakin
Professor Baogang He is the head of Public Policy and Global Affairs program at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and tenured Professor and Chair of International Studies program since 2005, at Deakin University, Australia. Graduated with PhD in Political Science from Australian National University in 1994, Professor He has become widely known for his work in Chinese democratization and politics, in particular the deliberative politics in China.

Kanishka Jayasuriya (Presenter), Murdoch
Kanishka Jayasuriya, is currently Professor of Politics and International studies , Discipline leaser of politics group and Fellow of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University. Prior to his current appointment in 2016 he was Professor of International politics and Director of Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre (IPGRC) and Professor of International Politics . He is a graduate in political science from the University of Western Australia. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Australian National University (ANU) and served as a post doctoral Fellow at Griffith University.

David Brewster (Presenter), ANU
David Brewster is one of Australia’s leading academic experts on strategy and security in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region. He originally trained as a lawyer and practiced in corporate law for around 20 years, including in Washington DC, New York, London, Paris and Sydney. He is now a Senior Research Fellow at the National Security College and a Distinguished Research Fellow with the Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne. He writes widely on Indian strategic affairs and maritime security in the Indian Ocean region. Major books include India as an Asia Pacific power, about India’s strategic role in the Asia Pacific and India’s Ocean: the story of India’s bid for regional leadership which examines India’s strategic ambitions in the Indian Ocean. His recent work includes India and China at Sea: A Contest of Status and Legitimacy in the Indian Ocean, which examines the India-China maritime dynamic and Australia, India and the United States: The challenge of forging new alignments in the Indo-Pacific, which examines the potential for a trilateral security and defence relationship between those countries.