Rhys comes from Sydney, Australia and is currently a PhD candidate at the ANU Centre for European Studies. He completed his Bachelor of International Studies at the University of New South Wales majoring in Global Studies and has studied at the University of Birmingham, UK. In 2011, Rhys completed his Master of Strategic Studies at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, ANU. He currently works as a Research Officer for the House of Representatives Committee Office at the Parliament of Australia.
Australia-EU Strategic Relationship; EU as Normative Power; Collective Security Alliances (NATO & CSDP); Theories of Globalisation & Power Politics.
The European Union’s Strategic Relationship with Australia: A method of European Engagement with the Asia-Pacific? The hegemonic status of the West is being undermined by an ongoing shift of strategic influence towards the East. This shift reflects a wider geopolitical transformation of the international system as it enters a new era aptly termed the ‘Asian century.’ This research aims to explore the EU’s strategic relationship with Australia in the context of the Asia-Pacific. While the EU’s role as a strategic actor is commonly confined to its immediate geographic neighbourhood, the research will look beyond Europe’s local environment and investigate the extent of its role as a global actor.