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AIIA National Conference: Toward Recovery

Mon, 14 Feb 2022
08:00 - 17:00


Confirmed Conference Panellists

To see full bios for announced panellists, click here

  • Brendan Augustin, Managing Director, Bina Group; President, Australian Institute of International Affairs of Western Australia.
  • Professor Caitlin Byrne FAIIA Director, Griffith Asia Institute.
  • Hayley Channer Senior Policy Fellow, Perth USAsia Centre. 
  • Graeme Dobell Journalist Fellow, Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
  • Jane Drake-Brockman University of Adelaide Institute for International Trade. Former Chief Economist at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
  • Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA is Distinguished Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia.
  • Senator the Hon David Fawcett, Chair, Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
  • Stan Grant, Vice Chancellor's Chair of Australian/Indigenous Belonging at Charles Sturt University. ABC and CNN Journalist.
  • Allan Gyngell AO FAIIA, National President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. Former Director General of the Office of National Assessments. Founding Director of the Lowy Institute.
  • Bridi Rice, Founding Director, Development Intelligence Lab.
  • Dr Bryce Wakefield, National Executive Director, Australian Institute of International Affairs.

More Panellist and Keynote Speaker Announcements to Come!

Masterclass speakers

The AIIA will run masterclasses on February 13 for a limited number of tertiary students and early career progressionals. Entry will be automatic for #AIIANextGen Network participants who hold a conference ticket and early career professionals sponsored by their university or other institution. Ticket holders may also gain entry into the masterclasses by application. If you have already purchased a conference ticket, apply to join a masterclass here.

  •  Professor Caitlin Byrne FAIIA, Director, Griffith Asia Institute. 
  • Stephen Dziedzic, Foreign Affairs (Asia Pacific) reporter, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 
  • Gary Quinlan AO Former Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • The Hon Penny Wensley AC FAIIA Former Governor of Queensland, Australia's former Representative to the United Nations.

Conference Theme: Toward Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected Australian foreign affairs in a myriad of ways. The pandemic poses new questions for Australia’s role in its region as a responsible development provider. Further, how the region and the world emerge from the pandemic will structure Australia’s economic and strategic developments for decades. The pandemic may represent an unprecedented disruption to world commerce, but its overall effects on the global trading system are unclear. What is clearer is a sharpening of Australia’s strategic environment. The pandemic has accelerated Sino-American competition to underscore power politics rather than rules and norms shaping international order. At the same time, the pandemic has aggravated already existing tensions between Australia and China. Relations between these two countries are at their lowest point since diplomatic normalisation in the 1970s.

The conference will canvas three broad areas:

Regional health recovery and development

What are the prospects for regional health recovery after the pandemic? What role is Australia expected to play in regional health, aid and development initiatives? Are there uniquely Australian approaches to the pandemic that might aid regional recovery?

Trade and Economic Recovery

What has been the impact of the pandemic on global commerce? Are new economic blocs emerging, and if so, where does Australia sit within them? Have issues with vaccine distribution altered the way Australia views supply chain management and resilience? How will international travel recover in the wake of the pandemic. How is Australia contributing to global economic recovery?

Recovery of the International System and Challenges for Australia: An Intergenerational Dialogue

What will the international order look like after COVID? Are we destined for a world where power politics dominates all aspects of the international order, or will “rules-based” approaches survive in important areas? What role will Sino-Australian competition play in Australia’s approach to its region?

We will be holding the AIIA National Conference under COVID-safe conditions with limited seating on 14 February 2022. A limited number of early-bird tickets is now available to everyone. Purchase your ticket well in advance to receive a discount. If you are not a member of the AIIA, join up for even more savings.* There are also special discounts for students** and members of the #AIIANextGen Network.***

To become a member of the AIIA, sign up here.

*AIIA Subscribers resident in the Northern Territory and South Australia may also purchase member tickets.

**Student ID will be required on entry to the conference.

***Members of the #AIIANextGen Network will have received an email informing them of membership in the network.

The AIIA reserves the right to review your conference participation and membership any time after you purchase your tickets. If you have bought a discount ticket, but do not meet the criteria for the discount, your ticket may be cancelled and your purchase refunded. The AIIA's decision as to whether you meet the criteria for discounts is final

Cancellation policy

If the conference is cancelled, for example, due to COVID-19, or if COVID restrictions mean you cannot travel interstate to Canberra on 14 February 2022, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel your ticket for any reason up to a month prior to the conference, you will be refunded 75 percent of the cost of your ticket. If you cancel between 14 January 2022 and 7 February 2022, you will be refunded 50 percent of the cost of your ticket. Cancellations later than one week prior to the conference will not receive a refund.


Ticket Type Price
Super Early-bird ticket: AIIA members and 2019 attendees ONLY $200.00 Sold out
Super Early-bird Student ticket: AIIA members and 2019 attendees ONLY, Student ID required on entry to the conference $130.00 Sold out
Early-bird non-member ticket (regular price $395) $360.00
Early-bird AIIA member ticket: AIIA members only (regular member's price $260) $230.00
Early-bird Student ticket: (regular student non-member price $190), Student ID required on entry to the conference $160.00
Early-bird Student AIIA Member ticket: (regular student AIIA member's price $155), AIIA members only,Student ID required on entry to the conference $135.00
#AIIANextGen Network ticket: Available only to members of the #AIIANextGen Network. Includes entry into a masterclass on October 17. $85.00
Total: $
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