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An Australian Geostrategic SWOT Analysis: Implications for the United States & a Free & Open Indo-Pacific An Australian Geostrategic SWOT Analysis: Implications for the United States & a Free & Open Indo-Pacific
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An Australian Geostrategic SWOT Analysis: Implications for the United States & a Free & Open Indo-Pacific

An Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Dr. John Blaxland
Professor of International Security & Intelligence Studies, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre,
Bell School, CAP, Australian National University (ANU)

Dr. Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center & Director, East West Center in Washington

 


A spectrum of security challenges ranging from great power contestation, looming environmental catastrophe and a spectrum of governance challenges are leading to a significant security overhaul in Australia with significant implications for the US 

approach to engagement across the Indo-Pacific. This talk reviews the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing Australia and its Indo-Pacific neighborhood and what that means for the Australian-US Alliance. Dr. Blaxland recently discussed these issues in a piece for Australian National University’s The Centre of Gravity Series.

 For more images, please visit the album for this event on the East-West Center's Flickr page. 


SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

John Blaxland is Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies, and was recently appointed Official Historian of the Australian Signals Directorate and commissioned to write a two-volume history of ASD. He is a former Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, and the first Australian recipient of a US Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative grant examining great power contestation in Southeast Asia. John holds a PhD in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MA in History from ANU and a BA (Hons 1) from UNSW. He is a graduate of the Royal Thai Army Command & Staff College (dux, foreign students) and the Royal Military College, Duntroon (Blamey Scholar). He has extensive experience in the intelligence community including as the principal intelligence staff officer (S2) for the Australian infantry brigade deployed to East Timor in September 1999, as an intelligence exchange officer in Washington DC, and as Director Joint Intelligence Operations (J2), at Headquarters Joint Operations Command. In addition he was Australia’s Defence Attaché to Thailand and Myanmar. At ANU, he teaches undergraduate students “Honeypots and Overcoats: Australian Intelligence in the World”; and "Southeast Asia's Security Choices" New Colombo Plan Mobility Course. His publications include: A Geostrategic SWOT Analysis for Australia (2019); Tipping The Balance in Southeast Asia? Thailand, the United States and China (2017); The Secret Cold War: The Official History of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 1975-1989 (2016); East Timor Intervention (2015); The Protest Years (2015): The Australian Army From Whitlam to Howard (2014); Strategic Cousins (2006); Revisiting Counterinsurgency (2006); Information era Manoeuvre (2003); Signals: Swift and Sure (1998); and Organising an Army: The Australian Experience 1957-1965 (1989).He is also the editor of forthcoming works on Australia's involvement in the Korean War (1950-53) and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (2001 to 2014).

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and edits the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Dr. Limaye publishes and presents on a range of Indo-Pacific issues. Recent publications include: Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh and Brahmaputra River Politics (with Nilanthi Samaranayake and Joel Wuthnow); Why ASEAN is Here to Stay and What that Means for the US; The United States-Japan Alliance and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands; and Weighted West: The Indian Navy’s New Maritime Strategy, Capabilities, and Diplomacy.


An Australian Geostrategic SWOT Analysis: Implications for the United States & a Free & Open Indo-Pacific

An Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Dr. John Blaxland
Professor of International Security & Intelligence Studies, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre,
Bell School, CAP, Australian National University (ANU)

Dr. Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center & Director, East West Center in Washington

 


A spectrum of security challenges ranging from great power contestation, looming environmental catastrophe and a spectrum of governance challenges are leading to a significant security overhaul in Australia with significant implications for the US 

approach to engagement across the Indo-Pacific. This talk reviews the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing Australia and its Indo-Pacific neighborhood and what that means for the Australian-US Alliance. Dr. Blaxland recently discussed these issues in a piece for Australian National University’s The Centre of Gravity Series.

 For more images, please visit the album for this event on the East-West Center's Flickr page. 


SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

John Blaxland is Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies, and was recently appointed Official Historian of the Australian Signals Directorate and commissioned to write a two-volume history of ASD. He is a former Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, and the first Australian recipient of a US Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative grant examining great power contestation in Southeast Asia. John holds a PhD in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MA in History from ANU and a BA (Hons 1) from UNSW. He is a graduate of the Royal Thai Army Command & Staff College (dux, foreign students) and the Royal Military College, Duntroon (Blamey Scholar). He has extensive experience in the intelligence community including as the principal intelligence staff officer (S2) for the Australian infantry brigade deployed to East Timor in September 1999, as an intelligence exchange officer in Washington DC, and as Director Joint Intelligence Operations (J2), at Headquarters Joint Operations Command. In addition he was Australia’s Defence Attaché to Thailand and Myanmar. At ANU, he teaches undergraduate students “Honeypots and Overcoats: Australian Intelligence in the World”; and "Southeast Asia's Security Choices" New Colombo Plan Mobility Course. His publications include: A Geostrategic SWOT Analysis for Australia (2019); Tipping The Balance in Southeast Asia? Thailand, the United States and China (2017); The Secret Cold War: The Official History of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 1975-1989 (2016); East Timor Intervention (2015); The Protest Years (2015): The Australian Army From Whitlam to Howard (2014); Strategic Cousins (2006); Revisiting Counterinsurgency (2006); Information era Manoeuvre (2003); Signals: Swift and Sure (1998); and Organising an Army: The Australian Experience 1957-1965 (1989).He is also the editor of forthcoming works on Australia's involvement in the Korean War (1950-53) and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (2001 to 2014).

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and edits the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Dr. Limaye publishes and presents on a range of Indo-Pacific issues. Recent publications include: Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh and Brahmaputra River Politics (with Nilanthi Samaranayake and Joel Wuthnow); Why ASEAN is Here to Stay and What that Means for the US; The United States-Japan Alliance and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands; and Weighted West: The Indian Navy’s New Maritime Strategy, Capabilities, and Diplomacy.


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