Australia’s Foreign Policy Engagement and Perspectives in Asia
Luncheon Presentation by the Honorable Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia
Registration at 12:15pm
Luncheon at 12:30pm
Close at 2:00pm
Asia’s extraordinary ascent has already changed the Australian economy, society and strategic environment. In just a few years, Asia will not only be the world’s largest producer of goods and services, it will also be the largest consumer of them. Australia has long had a history of engagement in Asia, with strong relationships and close friendships with countries across the region. Over the last half century, Australia’s trade with the region as a share of total trade has risen dramatically, while financial, political and cultural links have deepened. In that context, Australian Foreign Minister, Bob Carr will discuss Australia’s foreign policy engagement and perspectives in the region.
Bob Carr was appointed Australia's Foreign Minister in March 2012. He was also elected to the Australian Senate and sworn in to the Senate and Cabinet in the same month. Mr. Carr was the longest continuously serving Premier of New South Wales. He served as Leader of the Opposition from 1988 until his election as Premier in March 1995. He was re-elected in 1999 and again in March 2003 securing an historic third four-year term. Mr. Carr was a member of the International Task Force on Climate Change convened by Tony Blair, and was made a life member of the Wilderness Society. He is the recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award Scholarship.