Disruptive Asia

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

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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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Disruptive Asia (Volume One)

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The first edition of Disruptive Asia  - coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Asia Society Australia in 2017 - presents 20 essays from the leading and emerging Asia watchers on Australia’s foreign policy in the region, business connectivity, community links, shared regional challenges, Asia competencies and cultural diversity. Download Volume One


Disruptive Asia (Volume Two) - ASEAN Special Edition

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Throughout 2018, Disruptive Asia will focus on the ASEAN region and Australia's relations with its South-East Asian neighbours. The ASEAN edition coincides with the historic ASEAN-Australia Special Summit held in Sydney in March 2018 - the first time Australia has hosted the forum on its shores, and one of the largest gatherings of Asia's leaders in Australia's diplomatic history. Download Volume Two (ASEAN Special Edition) 

Disruptive Asia Essays

By Geoff Raby, former Australian Ambassador to China

The recent ASEAN leaders meeting in Australia marked a change in ASEAN's attitude towards Australia and the return of Australia to its previous middle-power role in the Asia-Pacific region. How can we work with our neighbours to wield influence in changed regional order?
By Anna Green, CEO, ANZ Philippines

A combined economic weight, vitality and diversity of the ten ASEAN economies could be the next big thing for Australian business in Asia.
By Peter Osborne, Managing Director, Blackmores

Can Australia and ASEAN take a world-leading role in recognising the contribution of traditional and natural medicine to health outcomes?
By Dr Melissa Crouch, University of New South Wales

The Rakhine State crisis needs to be at the front of the agenda of the Australia-ASEAN Special Summit
By David Burns, Telstra

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.
By Doug Ferguson, Chairman, Asia Society Australia

The New Colombo Plan needs a unified, national approach to grow its scale, reach and impact.
By Arjuna Dibley, Stanford University

Collaborating with Indonesia on climate change creates another pillar and new opportunities for engagement
By Dermot O’Gorman, Chief Executive Officer, WWF-Australia

The ability to deliver sustainable development is the opportunity our generation must embrace.
By Professor Anushka Patel, The George Institute for Global Health

The story of the 21st century will be determined by how we manage economic growth to improve the health, environmental and social well-being of our region.
By John Endicott, AECOM

Many Asian and Australian cities anticipate a further doubling of their population over the next decades. Can going underground be a solution?
By Dai Le and Katie Calvey, DAWN

We need to shift the dial on culturally diverse leadership
By Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Asia is not something that resides outside Australia – it is also something that exists within it.

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

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