Gallipoli Memorial Lecture - Fear of Abandonment: Australia's Response to Changing Global Orders

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In its recent Foreign Policy White Paper, the Australian Government describes how the ‘significant forces of change’ buffeting the international system are reshaping Australia’s region ‘in ways without precedent’ in its modern history. 

Drawing on material from his latest book, Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World Since 1942, Allan Gyngell will explore Australia’s past responses to changes in the global order and the new challenges it faces with the rise of China, shifting American policies and the changes in Europe after Brexit.

Allan Gyngell AO FAIIA is National President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs and an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University. His long career in Australian foreign and national security policy included appointments as Director-General of the Office of National Assessments, as the inaugural Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney, and to senior positions in the Prime Minister’s office, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has spoken and written extensively on Australian foreign policy, intelligence issues, Asian regional relations and the development of global and regional institutions. He is the author of Fear of Abandonment: Australia in the World Since 1942, (La Trobe University Press: April 2017) and, with Michael Wesley, Making Australian Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press: June 2012). He is an Officer in the Order of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

The Gallipoli Memorial Lecture was until 2001 held annually at Eltham Church in south-east London. Subsequently, the Gallipoli Memorial Lecture Trust requested that RUSI carry on the tradition of an annual lecture. Lectures have since been delivered on the great issues of present day defence and security.

Refreshments will be served from 1215.

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