Australian Foreign Policy Studies Forum

This forum is co-hosted by the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific and the Australian Studies Institute.


The Australian foreign policy studies forum gathers scholars with expertise and interest in Australian foreign policy to appraise the current state of the field and to help shape a collective vision of its future.

The forum coincides with the appointment of Professor Valerie M Hudson as the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s "Australia in the World" visiting fellow at The Australian National University (ANU). A leading figure in the subfield of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA), Professor Hudson will co-chair the Forum, commenting on the state of FPA in Australia and helping to situate the research and teaching activities of the Australia-based participants in a global context.

More than just an exercise in “looking in” and assessing scholarly trends, the forum will also consciously “look out”, first by exploring the state of connections between the academy and the broader Australian foreign policy community and then by discussing the steps that are required to reinvigorate Australian foreign policy studies.

The forum will be followed by canapes and a public lecture, "Towards reinvigorating Australian foreign policy studies", featuring Professor Valerie M Hudson, Mark Kenny and Professor Jacqui True. Canapes commence at 5pm outside the Molonglo Theatre in the JG Crawford Building, where the lecture will take place from 5.30-7pm. If you would like to attend the lecture, register here.


(PDF of Program also attached below.)

Co-Chairs for the forum: Professor Valerie Hudson, Professor Michael Wesley

SESSION 1 “Looking In” Part I: Situating Australian Foreign Policy Studies
Session Chair: Professor Michael Wesley
11.00-11.05 Welcome
Professor Michael Wesley
11.05-11.40 Opening Address
Professor Michael Wesley

Locating Australian FPA: From Analysing Australia Foreign Policy to Australian Foreign Policy Analysis?

Professor Valerie Hudson in conversation with Dr Benjamin Day


Audience Q&A: Situating Australian Foreign Policy Studies

Panel: Professor Valerie Hudson, Dr Benjamin Day

12.30-1.15pm LUNCH
SESSION 2 “Looking In” Part II: Innovations and Current Progress
Session Chair: Professor Valerie Hudson
1.15-2.00 Teaching Foreign Policy in Australia
A roundtable discussing trends, challenges and future of teaching 
foreign policy in Australia
A/Prof Matt McDonald; Dr Michael O’Keefe; Prof Mark Beeson; Dr Daniel Baldino; Dr Maryanne Kelton; Dr Danielle Chubb
2.00-2.30 Comparative Gender and Foreign Policy Analysis
Professor Jacqui True 

FPA Showcase: Recent Australian-based Contributions to FPA

A roundtable showcasing notable contributions of Australia-based scholars
Dr Andrew Kennedy; Dr Huiyun Feng; Dr Michael Cohen; Dr Conor Keane



SESSION 3 “Looking out” Part I: The Academy & Australian Foreign Policy Community
Session Chair: Dr Andrew Carr
3.30-3.45 Navigating the Australian Academy as a Foreign Policy Specialist
Dr Joanne Wallis; Dr Sue Thompson

The Academy and the Media

Mr Mark Kenny, Mr Allan Behm

4.15-4.30 Audience Q&A: The Academy and Australian Foreign Policy Community

Closing Reflections

Professor Valerie M. Hudson

5.00-5.30 CANAPES

Session 4 is is a public event running from 5.30-7.00. Find out more. You must register separately to attend this event.

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