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Presented by the European Union Centre at RMIT in conjunction with Curtin University’s Strategic Flashlight Forum on National Security and Strategy.
Australia’s latest Defence White Paper (DWP–2013), released on 3 May 2013, has received a mixed response. The policy document was published in a period when there is:
- a major strategic transformation that is reshaping Asia and the Pacific
- ongoing global financial and economic turmoil
- an end to Australia’s large scale overseas commitments and a subsequent need to rethink the application of national military power.
Compared with previous policy, the 2013 DWP articulates clearly the nation’s strategic appreciation of the Indo-Pacific concept and the need to adopt a ‘two oceans’ thinking and planning It recognises the need to engage growing China rather than confront it, it places more emphasis on safeguarding the nation’s north-west and offers other important developments.
The panel of eminent experts will provide unique insights into different aspects of the DWP–2013, and some thoughts on issues that need to be addressed as the policy is refined and implemented. The speakers will offer a European perspective on the evolving Defence industry and the resources which it offers, academic analyses, and comment from a military perspective.
The panel consists of:
- Dr Alexey Muraviev, Head of the Department of Social Sciences and International Studies, Curtin University - a west coast view.
- Capt Justin Jones, Director, Sea Power Centre -Australia RAN – Australia’s maritime strategy and the navy perspective.
- Prof Joseph Siracusa, Associate Dean, International and Justice Studies, RMIT – alliance with the US and the N-factor.
- Dr Sanu Kainikara, Air Power Strategist, Department of Defence RAAF – the air power factor.
- Mr Andrea Nicolaj, Councelor, Delegation of the European Union to Australia and New Zealand (TBC) – EU perspective.
Getting thereVenue:Council Chamber, Building 1, Level 2R,124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Enter via La Trobe Street or Bowen Street