Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie BishopVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Presented in conjunction with the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly
The Asia Society Policy Institute is delighted to host The Honorable Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of Australia, for an address followed by a moderated discussion with Asia Society Policy Institute President The Honorable Kevin Rudd.
With the rise of Asia and the shifting global order, Australia has a unique foothold in both West and East. The country is deeply engaged in Asia’s rapid economic growth, technological innovation agenda, and shifting security environment. But while Australia’s prosperity has been underpinned by the region’s economic development — with China playing a central role — it has also maintained a long-held alliance with the United States, wedded to the post-World War II order that has sought to maintain geopolitical peace and stability across the Asia-Pacific. As China and India continue to rise, and as Asia faces a potentially disengaged United States, what is Australia’s role in the region — and beyond — in the years ahead?
The Honorable Julie Bishop is Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia's Federal Coalition Government. She is also the deputy leader of the Liberal Party and has served as the Member for Curtin in the House of Representatives since 1998. Minister Bishop was sworn in as Australia's first female Foreign Minister in September 2013 following four years in the role of Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. As Minister for Foreign Affairs, she has overseen the single largest expansion of Australia's overseas diplomatic presence in 40 years. She previously served as Minister for Education, Science, and Training and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women's Issues in the Howard Government. Prior to this, she was Minister for Ageing.
The Honorable Kevin Rudd (moderator) is inaugural President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. He served as 26th Prime Minister of Australia (2007 to 2010, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010 to 2012). He is a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House and the Paulson Institute, and a Distinguished Statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is also a member of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization’s Group of Eminent Persons.