AIIA National Conference 2017: Foreign Policy in an Uncertain World

The ANU Centre for European Studies is a proud sponsor of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) National Conference, Australia’s premier event on Australian foreign policy. The 2017 conference will bring together some of Australia’s leading international affairs experts. Building on the success of last year’s event, which drew a sellout crowd of more than 380 attendees and received overwhelmingly positive reviews (see here), the 2017 conference will provide a unique opportunity to hear and engage directly with experts on Australia’s international affairs, including:

  • The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Senator The Hon Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Senator Richard Di Natale, Leader, The Australian Greens
  • The Hon Kim Beazley AC FAIIA, AIIA National President
  • Dr Tobias Feakin, Ambassador for Cyber Affairs
  • Tom Switzer, Presenter on the ABC's Radio National and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies
  • Linda Jakobson, CEO and Founding Director of China Matters
  • Gordon Flake, CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre
  • Senator The Hon Lisa Singh, Senator for Tasmania
  • Mukund Narayanamurti, CEO of Asialink Business
  • Dr Joanne Wallis, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU
  • Professor Andrew Walter, International Relations, University of Melbourne
  • Thom Woodroofe, Founder of Global Voices

In previous years tickets have sold quickly, so don’t hesitate and miss the opportunity to attend this important annual event.

Register now

AIIA National Conference prices:
Student members: $105
Student non-members: $160
Adult members: $210
Adult non-members: $335


AIIA Masterclasses

The 2017 national conference will be preceded by masterclasses for young professionals and tertiary students between the ages of 18 and 40. The 2017 masterclasses will be held on Sunday 15 October with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The masterclasses enable motivated young people to engage one-on-one with AIIA Fellows who are leading figures in Australian international affairs. The overriding criterion for the selection of our Fellows is a very high level of distinction in and distinguished contribution to Australia’s international relations.

Four masterclass sessions will be available to choose from:

Defence and Security
  • Richard Smith AO PSM, former Secretary of the Department of Defence and former Australian Ambassador to China and Indonesia
  • Professor James Cotton FAIIA, Emeritus Professor, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy
Intelligence and Diplomacy
  • David Irvine AO FAIIA, former Director-General, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), former Australian Ambassador to China and former High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea
  • Geoffrey Miller AO FAIIA, former Australian Ambassador to Japan and South Korea, former High Commissioner to New Zealand and former Director-General of the Office of National Assessments
Diplomacy and Crisis
  • Dr Sue Boyd FAIIA, former High Commissioner to Fiji and Bangladesh, Consul-General in Hong Kong and Ambassador to Vietnam
  • John McCarthy AO FAIIA, former Ambassador to the US, Japan, Indonesia, Mexico and Thailand and High Commissioner to India
Australia and Asia
  • Jenny McGregor AM FAIIA, Group CEO of Asialink at The University of Melbourne and founding Executive Director of the Asia Education Foundation
  • Dr Alison Broinowski FAIIA, former Australian diplomat, author and research affiliate at ANU.


Masterclasses application process

To be eligible for this opportunity you must be 40 or under, and have registered for the AIIA National Conference.

To apply, please email the following to no later than 10 September 2017:

  • A personal statement, no longer than two pages, outlining your interest in international affairs with a heading listing your Masterclass topic preference (up to three preferences), name, location, gender and AIIA membership (if applicable); and
  • A current CV or resumé including contact details.
Please ensure that you have registered for the National Conference no later than 10 September to be considered for the Masterclasses. No applications will be considered after this date. The AIIA National Office will contact successful applicants by mid-September.

To ensure your eligibility to participate in the Masterclasses register your ticket for the conference now before tickets sell out.


The AIIA 2017 National Conference is proudly presented in partnership with our sponsors:

  • The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • The Economist
  • The ANU Centre for European Studies
  • The Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU
  • Asialink Business
  • UNSW Canberra
  • Australian Government New Colombo Plan
  • Routledge Taylor & Francis Group


For more information visit:

Date & time

Mon 16 Oct 2017, 12am


Hotel Realm 18 National Circuit Canberra ACT 2600 Australia


The Hon Julie Bishop MP
Senator The Hon Penny Wong
Senator Richard Di Natale
The Hon Kim Beazley AC FAIIA
Dr Tobias Feakin
Tom Switzer
Linda Jakobson
Gordon Flake
Senator The Hon Lisa Singh
Mukund Narayanamurti
Dr Joanne Wallis
Professor Andrew Walter
Thom Woodroofe
And more - see conference program


Australian Institute of International Affairs
(02) 6282 2133


Updated:  6 September 2017/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications