US-Australia relations and the global picture: Opportunities and challenges of the day


Breakfast Address at University House

The School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University proudly invites staff and students to join Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade trainee trade graduates at a breakfast address featuring Robert Lee.

Robert will share his experience as a Foreign Service Officer to illustrate how foreign policy is made and implemented in the United States. He will also highlight the United States’ current foreign policy priorities and how the United States and Australia are working closely together on those priorities. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of Robert’s presentation.

The breakfast presentation will be held in the Great Hall at University House, ANU.

Robert Lee has served as the Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy Canberra since August, 2013 and has been responsible for promoting close cooperation on a full range of foreign policy and political-military issues with Australia. Prior to this assignment, he served from 2010 to 2013 as the chief of the Political-Economic Section at U.S. Consulate General, Guangzhou. There, he oversaw reporting on political, economic, environmental and scientific developments in south China and advanced cooperation between the U.S. and China’s four southern provinces, an area with a US$1 trillion economy and a population of over 200 million.

Robert is a Thomas R. Pickering Fellow and has received multiple Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. He obtained a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and graduated with honors in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Please note that the presentation and discussion will be conducted under the Chatham House Rule.


Registration is essential for this event. A buffet breakfast will be provided. It is open to ANU faculty, graduate students, and politics and international relations students.

Registration fee: $22.00.

Registration and payment via MasterCard and Visa can be through the link below until Friday14 August:

Event flyer

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Date & time

Thu 20 Aug 2015, 12am


The Great Hall, University House, ANU


Robert Lee, Political Counselor, Embassy of the United States, Canberra


Martin Heskins
02 6125 4357


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