Asialink Diplomacy's Track II dialogues bring together Australia's leading academics, commentators, business people and diplomats with their counterparts in Asia, to discuss bilateral and regional relations.
Asialink Diplomacy's mission is to build more effective and closer relations between Australia and Asia, and shape dialogue in the region. Its objectives are threefold:
Provide input into policy making on deepening and improving Australia's relations with Asia and influence throughout the region.
Create a network of leaders in the region familiar with Australian counterparts, prepared to speak frankly about key issues in difficult times.
Informing and engaging
Inform and contribute to public debate in Australia on Australia's relations with Asia, including engaging with the broader community.
Anwar Ibrahim’s long walk to power, and what comes next
Asialink hosted leading experts of Malaysian affairs who unpicked the extraordinary story of Anwar’s path to power, his plans for reform and the challenges they face, the implications for Malaysia’s place in the world, and the perils that lie ahead for his new government. WEBINAR
Australia Indonesia Interfaith Dialogue
The Australia Indonesia Interfaith Dialogue was established under the auspices of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to promote mutual understanding, foster respect, and achieve peace-building goals. FORUM
Building the Future Together: 50 Years of Australia China Relations
To mark the occasion of 50 years of Australia-China diplomatic relations, the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Chancellery International and Asialink partnered to host a highly successful “Building the Future Together” forum. 50 years on, we looked back at a relationship that, despite its tensions, has helped bring prosperity to both countries. FORUM
Amnesty International Australia Victorian Youth Social Change Lab
On November 25th, Asialink and the Asia Education Foundation worked alongside Amnesty International Australia in to host the Youth Social Change Lab. The forum was designed to empower and equip young people to take action to better society. FORUM
Cambodia and the Paris Peace Accords Report Launch
Asialink at the University of Melbourne and the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) invite you to attend a special launch of a publication commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords featuring some of the key players in the Accords process. REPORT LAUNCH
Most Influential Asian Awards Australians Gala Dinner
Australia’s leaders in the arts, government, community, business, education and media sectors for a night of celebration recognising Australia’s most influential Asian-Australians under 40 years of age. EVENT
Australia’s Dilemmas: Then and Now
In partnership with the Robert Menzies Institute and Queens College, the Australia’s Dilemma’s policy dialogue nurtured discussions between historians alongside foreign policy experts, to explore what lessons can be learned by contrasting Australia’s strategic challenges of the 1950s with the challenges we are facing today. FORUM
'Australia’s China Odyssey' by Prof. James Curran
Historian and columnist Prof. James Curran from the University of Sydney launched his new book Australia’s China Odyssey: From euphoria to fear, which charts the history of Australia’s relationship with China - its highs and lows, challenges and opportunities - since the relationship began in 1972. BOOK LAUNCH
'Happy Together' by Emeritus Professor of history David Walker
Emeritus Professor of history David Walker from Deakin University launched his inspiring book Happy Together: Bridging the Australia-China Divide, written alongside his friend, Li Yao. The book weaves together the personal experiences of Walker and Yao with the context of a changing China and an Australia still finding its place in Asia. BOOK LAUNCH
Australia-Republic of Korea Foreign Policy, Defence and Security Dialogue
Marking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and the Republic of Korea, this event brings together scholars, security analysts, and government oﬃcials from both nations to discuss foreign policy, security, and Australia and Korea’s place in the wider region. FORUM
Roundtable Discussion - Australia’s Policy Response to the Myanmar Military Coup
In the context of the 2021 Myanmar coup, Asialink hosted this closed-door roundtable discussion to explore Australia’s potential policy options. Joining government officials, academics, and think tankers together, the roundtable placed the coup in its historical context, examined how it related to ethnic minorities in Myanmar, and surveyed how Australia could engage the region in its response. ROUNDTABLE
'China's Grand Strategy and Australia's Future in the New Global Order' by Dr Geoff Raby
Former Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Dr. Geoff Raby, launched his new book China's Grand Strategy and Australia's Future in the New Global Order, which explores the complexities of China’s rise in the region, and how Australia must reconceptualise its foreign policy to embrace the challenges and opportunities of a China-dominated future. BOOK LAUNCH
Navigating the Geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific Post COVID-19 Webinar
The onset of COVID-19 occurred amid rapid changes and uncertainty in the global and regional geopolitical outlook. Asialink, alongside the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society and Queen’s College, hosted a webinar to discuss how COVID-19, and the changes it engendered, would effect Australian and Indonesian policy toward the region and one another. WEBINAR
ASEAN-Australia: The Road to Recovery Webinar
Asialink at the University of Melbourne, together with the ASEAN Committee in Canberra and the ASEAN-Australia Council, celebrated ASEAN Day with an interactive live event with eminent government and business leaders from ASEAN and Australia, discussing the way forward for the region as it grapples with COVID-19 and its aftermath. FORUM
An Australia-Korea Roadmap for Development and Promotion of the Rules-Based Order
Asialink, in cooperation with AusCSCAP, is working to produce a major policy-oriented report on how Australia and the Republic of Korea can work together to achieve a more open and inclusive rules-based international order.
Most Influential Asian Australians Awards
Now in its fourth year, the 40 Under 40 seeks to confront Australia’s “bamboo ceiling” – the underrepresentation of Asian-Australians in leadership positions.
The Asialink Conversations are a leading Track II initiative that brings together influential participants to address political, social and economic issues of common concern.
ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Dialogue
The ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Dialogue is annual Track II initiative led by Asialink, the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia (ISIS-Malaysia) and the Asia New Zealand Foundation.
Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program
The A2ELP program will bring together social entrepreneurs from South-East Asia and Australia to take part in a series of innovative learning and development opportunities in 2018.
Asialink Diplomacy helps build Asian Literacy in Australians from all sectors, including youths and educators, diplomats, and people throughout the private sector.
Asian-Australian Leadership Summit
The 2020 Summit, facilitated via an online platform, hosted a diverse program of interactive sessions, with the aim of establishing new strategies, new partnerships, and identifying champions of change.
The Asialink National Forum
The Asialink National Forum generally runs in election years to make an informed contribution to Australia’s long-term Asia planning. Leaders from across sectors review Australia’s progress and challenges in Asia and deliberate on future strategies.
These submissions, from Asialink, propose a number of priority areas where action should be taken by government to ensure that Australia’s relationships with Asia are supported and strengthened. They address themes such as economy, development aid and political and security relations, with the intention of making a number of constructive recommendations.
Cambodia and the Evolution of Peacebuilding: The Role of the Paris Peace Accords
On the 30th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords, which marked the end of Cambodia’s long-running conflict, Aslialink and the Australian Institute for International Affairs hosted a conference bringing together diplomats, scholars, and government officials, including those with personal involvement in the peace agreement process, to reflect on the agreement - its implications, its legacy, and its lessons. The resulting conference report was released in 2022. DIPLOMACY
Asialink Commission: Southeast Asia as 'The Third Way' (2012)
The Asialink Commission proposes that Australia move beyond the US-China dynamic and give Southeast Asian countries a central place in the Australian international narrative as natural partners and neighbours. The Commission recommends Australia commit sustained resources to lifting its profile in Southeast Asian countries, and the ASEAN region’s profile in Australia, and take a whole-of-government approach to ASEAN cooperation, with a wide range of departments seeking to establish constructive partnerships in Southeast Asia.
PwC Melbourne Institute Asialink Index (2008-2013)
The PwC Melbourne Institute Asialink Index is the only comprehensive, long-term measure of Australia’s engagement with Asia. It assesses the level and rate of change across seven components and 25 economies.
The Australia Myanmar Business Taskforce
The Australia Myanmar Business Taskforce was established to foster closer economic co-operation with Myanmar and to assist with the development of its policy and legislative frameworks. It was designed to unearth opportunities that emerge as Myanmar develops, and instigate extensive and positive impact on the development of local capacity within Myanmar.