ISFAR Seminars

After the Elections, is a Reset in French-Australian Relations Possible?

In light of the rapidly evolving situation following the elections in France and Australia, ISFAR is organising a series of online seminars in 2022. Registration is free and booking details will be circulated to the mailing list. Please contact us if you wish to receive news of these seminars.

Thu 29 Sep 2022, 5-6.30pm Sydney time (online): Bruce Wilson: The EU ‘Steps Up’ in the Indo-Pacific
France and Germany have been prime movers in encouraging the EU to develop its policies and presence in the Indo-Pacific, an enhanced focus leading notably to the ‘Joint Communication on EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific’ issued by the EU Commission and High Representative on 16 September 2021. In the same month, Gabriele Visentin was appointed the EU special envoy to the Indo-Pacific. The significance of these moves, that signal a marked ‘Stepping Up’ in EU commitment to the region in many fields—economic, development, security—will be explored in this presentation. The speaker is Professor Bruce Wilson, Director of the European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT and the author of many works on EU and Australian regional policy.

Thu 7 Jul 2022, 5.30-7pm Sydney time (online): David Camroux: ‘AUKUS and its Aftermath’
David is Honorary Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor at Sciences-Po and a researcher at CERI – the Centre de recherches internationales – where he participates in the research group on International Relations and Migration and is involved in several EU-funded research networks, including GARNET, a Network of Excellence on Global Governance, Regionalisation and Regulation. He also coordinates the CERI’s participation in Mercury, a project designed to examine, critically and globally, the European Union’s contribution to multilateralism. David is a Visiting Professor at Yonsei University (Seoul), Keio University (Tokyo) and the University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur), and a Professorial Fellow, Vietnam National University (USSH, Hanoi). David is also co-coordinator of the Observatory of the Indo-Pacific and co-editor of the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, and is a regular commentator on Southeast Asian and Australasian matters for the media. He was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes académiques in July 1993 and a Chevalier de l’Ordre des arts et des lettres in May 1997.