In conversation with Geoff Raby

Geoff Raby, Australia's former ambassador to China will be in conversation with Hugh White on Geoff's new book China's Grand Strategy and Australia's Future in the New Global Order, which provides significant insight on Australia's future position in global affairs.

Disruption has blown the old world apart. The rise of China, Trump's America First policies, division within Europe and successful defiance by authoritarian states are affecting the shape of the emerging new order. Human rights, rule of law, free media and longstanding global institutions all seem set to be weakened. Autocracies are exercising greater control over world affairs. Australia will need to engage heightened levels of diplomacy to forge relations with countries of opposing principles. It will need to be agile in pursuing a realistic foreign policy agenda. China's Grand Strategy and Australia's Future in the New Global Order contains answers for how Australia must position itself for this possibly dystopian future.

"A virtuoso masterclass in what is happening to our world and guide to how Australian diplomacy and statecraft can be marshalled to meet it." - Stephen FitzGerald

Geoff Raby AO was Australia's Ambassador to China (2007-11); Ambassador to APEC (2003-5); and Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (1998-2001). He is chairman of VisAsia at the Art Gallery of NSW, chairman of the Australia-China Institute of Arts and Culture at the University of Western Australia, and was awarded the Order of Australia in 2019 for services to Australia-China relations and to international trade.

Hugh White AO is Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at ANU and is the author of The China Choice and the Quarterly Essay 39: Power Shift. He has served as an intelligence analyst with ONA, as a senior adviser on the staffs of Defence Minister Kim Beazley and Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and as a senior official in the Department of Defence, where from 1995 to 2000 he was Deputy Secretary for Strategy and Intelligence.

Professor Jane Golley, who will give the vote of thanks, is an economist and Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World. She is the President of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia, and co-editor of the China Story Yearbook series, including China Dreams, published in 2020.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, registration for this event is essential and social distancing must be adhered to. Please bring photo ID for admission.

Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase in the foyer for seated consumption only in the auditorium.

Book purchases can be made on the evening through Harry Hartog Bookshop who will be present in the foyer.