Disruptive Asia

A new thought-leadership project examining the impact of Asia's rise on Australia

Disruptive Asia is a thought-leadership project by Asia Society Australia launched in 2017. It presents new perspectives and policy recommendations from Australian and regional opinion-shapers and new voices on how Asia’s rise is altering Australia’s foreign policy, economy and society and how Australia should respond. Disruptive Asia deliberately looks at both external aspects of Australia’s relationship with Asia (foreign policy, business engagement, international education) and their domestic impact (community relations, leadership diversity, education settings and capabilities).

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ASEAN Special Edition

A series of essays to coincide with the Australia-ASEAN Special Summit

9 March 2018

Next week, the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and the Secretary-General of ASEAN will come to Sydney for the historic ASEAN-Australia Special Summit.

It will be one of the largest gatherings of Asia’s leaders in Australian diplomatic history, and the first time Australia will host such a forum on its shores.

It is, in essence, a culmination of decades of intensive economic, diplomatic and people-to-people engagement between ASEAN and Australia. Since 1974, when Australia became ASEAN’s first dialogue partner, our engagement with ASEAN has been based on shared values of rules-based order, economic connectivity and openness. These values underpin a breadth and depth of our relationship.

The Special Summit is an opportunity to take stock of our cooperation, but also to take our partnership forward in this age of disruption and interdependence. Our shared region – Asia – continues to be a centre of economic dynamism presenting significant trade, investment and economic development opportunities for Australia and ASEAN. It is also the region that is increasingly contested strategically and more competitive economically.

Asia Society is pleased to support and contribute to the Special Summit. It is a privilege to share with you the first five essays in the special ASEAN edition of our thought-leadership series ‘Disruptive Asia’. ‘Disruptive Asia’ launched last year presents essays from leading Australian and regional opinion-shapers and new voices on how Asia’s rise is altering Australia’s foreign policy, economy and society and how Australia should respond.

Over the course of this year Disruptive Asia’s ASEAN series will present new perspectives on economic, political and social aspects of Australia’s engagement with the region against the backdrop of the changing regional order, an interconnected global economy and the rapidly growing movement of people, technologies and capital.

Disruptive Asia Essays

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A combined economic weight, vitality and diversity of the ten ASEAN economies could be the next big thing for Australian business in Asia.
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Can Australia and ASEAN take a world-leading role in recognising the contribution of traditional and natural medicine to health outcomes?
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The Rakhine State crisis needs to be at the front of the agenda of the Australia-ASEAN Special Summit
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If ASEAN successfully harnesses the benefits of disruptive technologies, it is set to become a major force in the global digital economy. Australia can play a pivotal role.
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The New Colombo Plan needs a unified, national approach to grow its scale, reach and impact.
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Collaborating with Indonesia on climate change creates another pillar and new opportunities for engagement
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The ability to deliver sustainable development is the opportunity our generation must embrace.
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The story of the 21st century will be determined by how we manage and harness economic growth to improve the health, environmental and social well-being.
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Many Asian and Australian cities anticipate a further doubling of their population over the next decades. Can going underground be a solution?
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We need to shift the dial on culturally diverse leadership
Asia is not something that resides outside Australia – it is also something that exists within it.
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The case for the importance of Australia’s engagement with Asia remains overwhelmingly convincing

About Disruptive Asia

Disruptive Asia was made possible through the “Desai-Oxnam Innovation Fund” established by the Asia Society to celebrate generosity and almost 40 years of combined service of former Asia Society Presidents Dr. Vishakha Desai and Dr Robert Oxnam. The views expressed in all Disruptive Asia publications are the authors’ own and do not represent those of the Asia Society. Copyright © Asia Society Australia 2017-2018