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. Our 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 government, media and academic 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 garnering frank opinions and projecting views from the region within Australia. Engage with the broader community beyond foreign policy elites including youth and regional Australia on Australia's relations with Asia.
The Asialink Conversations are a leading Track II initiative that brings together influential participants from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as Australia and the host nation, 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. It is an opportunity for leading Australian thinkers on Australia-Asia engagement to come together with their counterparts throughout the ASEAN-ISIS network and New Zealand to discuss major issues facing the region.
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.
The Asialink National Forum
The Asialink National Forum facilitates a non-government, 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; in some cases new mechanisms are proposed to advance an effective engagement with Asia.
Asialink Commission: Southeast Asia as 'The Third Way'
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
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.