Many foreign policy commentators assume that the 21st century will be dominated by China, Japan and India. In his lecture, His Excellency The Honourable Alexander Downer will consider whether the current rise of Asian powers in juxtaposition to a declining America and Europe is necessarily what the future holds.
His Excellency The Honourable Alexander Downer AC was appointed Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in May 2014. Alexander Downer retired from politics in 2008 after a distinguished career spanning twenty three years. He was Australia’s longest serving Foreign Minister from March 1996 to December 2007. He was Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party from May 1994 to January 1995. Alexander held senior political advisory roles with former Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Fraser, and Federal Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Andrew Peacock, before entering Parliament as the Member for Mayo in 1984. In January 2013, Alexander was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for his distinguished service as Foreign Minister. He is also a Senior Associate Fellow of RUSI.
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.
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