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.
Australia's Dilemmas: Then and Now
In July 2022, Queen’s College at the University of Melbourne played host to a gathering of historians and foreign policy experts, including both scholars and practitioners from the professions of politics, diplomacy, intelligence, and business. The purpose of this Dialogue – convened by the Robert Menzies Institute with the support of Asialink - was to take stock of Australia’s current moment in history by evaluating Australia’s present policy challenges against those of approximately seventy years ago, when the Menzies government was in office and contending with the onset of the Cold War.
Challenges to the Rules-Based Order: Agendas for Australia-ROK Cooperation
In this era of great power rivalry, geopolitical insecurity, and economic challenges, states in the Indo-Pacific have increasingly appraised their partnerships with other regional states in terms of the degree to which they are strategically aligned. As the geopolitical environment rapidly shifts, the time is ripe for the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Australia to closely coordinate in addressing challenges to the Rules-Based Order (RBO). The two governments share an apprehension that the RBO is under threat, and they are becoming more strategically aligned.
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.
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.