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How do we account for the current state of the debate over Australian foreign and defence policy and what are the key challenges that lie ahead in looking to the mid 2030s? In his address, Professor James Curran will consider what he sees as some of the forces shaping the strategic discussion at this moment: its intellectual incoherence, the fear amongst the political class of offending tribal electorates, legitimate concerns over China's assertiveness, anxieties about offending the US ally and taking cover behind Washington's own incoherent policy, and at times the near absolute general uninterest in actual events.

He will ask whether these factors are becoming more formative of public policy than anything else, and whether they reflect an Australian apathy that is also fuelled by residual worries about American commitment to Asia. His address will anchor its foundations in longstanding debates over independence and identity, democracy and dependence, as well as the much under-studied role of culture in the making of foreign relations.

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August 14, 2024

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Stephen House, 32 Thesiger Court, Deakin, 2600 ACT