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Friends and partners: The future of regional groupings among Asia – Pacific countries

6th Annual Crawford PhD Conference

Tues 24 November 2015

0900 - 1700

Crawford School

The 2015 Crawford PhD conference focuses on the prospects, issues and impacts in one of the most important areas of policy for Australia and its neighbours: the dynamics of groupings within the Asia-Pacific.

The ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ White Paper (2012) forecast that the scale and pace of Asia’s rise in the coming decades would continue to be extraordinary. In addition to being the most populous region in the world, the White Paper noted that the Asia-Pacific had the potential to become the globe's biggest economic zone, the biggest consumption zone and the home to the majority of the world’s middle class. Together with that background, many Asia–Pacific countries are now members, or are seeking to become members, of a host of existing or developing regional/international groupings. This presents exciting opportunities and challenges for Australia and its neighbours

The conference provides a forum for students, academics, business interests, and policymakers to consider the issues at play in these bilateral and multilateral relationships: What dynamics, constraints and levers operate at the local, national, and regional levels? What are the domestic and wider international implications for governments, and the non-government and private sectors? Will efforts towards future regional cooperation be compatible with existing regional arrangements?

For the first time, the conference welcomes the participation and contribution of the National Security College, adding an important perspective on security and strategic analysis.

Keynote speaker

Gareth Evans, Chancellor, Australian National University

GE3_HomePic.jpgProfessor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA has been Chancellor of the Australian National University since January 2010. He was a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments from 1983-96, in the posts of Attorney General, Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Transport and Communications and - from 1988-96 - Foreign Minister. During his 21 years in Australian politics he was Leader of the Government in the Senate (1993-96) and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives (1996-98). From 2000 to 2009 he was President and CEO of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, the independent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation.

He has written or edited 12 books - including Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play 2015 (co-author), Inside the Hawke-Keating Government: A Cabinet Diary (2014), and The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All (2008); has published many newspaper articles and over 100 journal articles and chapters on foreign relations, human rights and legal and constitutional reform; has honorary doctorates from Melbourne, Sydney, Carleton and Queen’s Universities; and has lectured at many universities around the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Yale, Stanford and the Central European University.

He has co-chaired two major International Commissions, on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2000-01), and Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (2008-10), and has been a member of a number of others. He currently Co-Chairs the International Advisory Board of the New-York based Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and is Convenor of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.

Gareth Evans was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2012 for his "eminent service to international relations, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, as an adviser to governments on global policy matters, to conflict prevention and resolution, and to arms control and disarmament", and in the same year was elected an honorary Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia (FASSA). Foreign Policy magazine cited him as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2011 "for making 'the responsibility to protect' more than academic". In 2010 he was awarded the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Four Freedoms Award for Freedom from Fear, for his pioneering work on the Responsibility to Protect concept and his contributions to conflict prevention and resolution, arms control and disarmament.

Panel. The achievements, challenges, and risks for groupings among Asia-Pacific countries

Chair: Rory Medcalf, Head of College, National Security College

rory-medcalf-200x200.jpgProfessor Rory Medcalf began his tenure as the Head of the National Security College in January 2015. His professional background involves more than two decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks and journalism. Most recently he was the Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute for International Policy from 2007 to 2015.

Prior to that, Professor Medcalf worked as a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments, Canberra's peak intelligence analysis agency. His experience as an Australian diplomat included a posting to New Delhi, a secondment to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, truce monitoring after the civil conflict in Bougainville and policy development on Asian security institutions. He has contributed to three landmark reports on nuclear arms control: the 1996 Canberra Commission, 1999 Tokyo Forum and 2009 International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. His earlier work in journalism was commended in Australia’s leading media awards, the Walkleys.

Professor Medcalf has been active in developing Australia's relations with India. He has been Associate Director of the Australia-India Institute and Senior Research Fellow in Indian Strategic Affairs at the University of New South Wales. He is the founding convener and co-chair of the Australia-India Roundtable, the leading informal policy dialogue between the two countries. In early 2014 the Australian Government appointed him to an expert panel providing independent advice on the 2015 Defence White Paper. His current research areas include Australia's strategic and defence challenges, the further development of an Indo-Pacific concept of the Asian strategic environment, and prospects for maritime and nuclear stability in Indo-Pacific Asia, on which he is leading two major projects funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

Professor Medcalf is a member of the editorial board of the Australian Journal of International Affairs and a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Nuclear Security. He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy with the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and retains affiliation as a Nonresident Fellow with the Lowy Institute and the Seapower Centre of the Royal Australian Navy.

Dawson.jpgPhilippa Dawson, General Manager, Trade Division, Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)

Philippa joined Austrade in August 2012. Philippa has previously held senior level positions in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Philippa has also worked as communications consultant to the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). Philippa joined DFAT as a graduate in 1999 and from January 01 – January 04 she served as Second Secretary and Consul (Washington DC).

Prior to joining DFAT, Philippa worked in the Premiers Department of the Queensland Government and from May 94 to December 96 she was Aide to the Governor of Tasmania. Philippa has a Bachelor of Economics majoring in Japanese, Graduate Diplomas in International Relations and Public Policy and a Master’s Degree in Marketing Communication.

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Esaú Garza, Trade Commissioner for Oceania, ProMexico Trade Commission in Australia, Embassy of Mexico

From 2002 to 2004, Esaú Garza was Coordinator of Products and New Projects for Zebra Pen Manufacturing Mexico, in charge of communications between the US, Japan, Indonesia, and Mexico, for the transferring of technology, machinery, and assembly procedures. From 2004 to 2006 he participated in the startup process of Woodcrafters Mexico, in de position of General Manager, achieving a reduction in timelines and inventory, helping the promotion and introduction of new projects to the Mexican market, and in exports. From 2006 to 2008 he worked as an independent consultant, translator, analyst, and liaison for international companies, mainly Japanese, and government entities from Nuevo Leon, and San Luis Potosi. From 2008 to 2013 he entered ProMexico in the International Promotion area, as a Trade Commissioner in the Mexican Embassy in Japan, strengthening the bonds between both countries. In 2011 he was commended for his excellent performance, having surpassed all established goals, leading the most successful ProMexico Office abroad.

From 2013 to 2015, he held the position of Secretary of Economic Development for the State of Aguascalientes, developing competitive strategies for the economic growth of the State. In March 2015, Esau Garza rejoins ProMexico with the assignment of opening the ProMexico Trade Commission in Australia appointed as Trade Commissioner for Oceania where he currently promotes trade, investment and internationalization opportunities between Mexico and Australia.

Damian Fisher.pngDamian Fisher, Senior International Development Manager, Standards Australia

Damian Fisher is a senior member of Australia’s National Standards Body, Standards Australia. He is responsible for coordinating and managing international standards work and leads the organisation’s capacity building and institutional strengthening programs. Mr Fisher has also led a number of projects sponsored by APEC’s Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC,) APEC's Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG) and AANZFTA Sub-Committee on Standards, Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment Procedures (STRACAP).

In November 2015, Mr Fisher led an APEC SMEWG project on Harmonisation of Standards for Data and Information Flows which included the publication of a thought leadership issues paper. He is a member of ISO’s Developing Countries (DEVCO) Chairs Advisory Group and the immediate past Chair of the Specialist Regional Bodies Forum. He was recently appointed as Convenor of the Pacific Area Standards Congress’ Working Group on Capacity Building and Trade Facilitation. He has more than 28 years’ experience in international business and is a former senior Australian trade diplomat. His postings included appointment as Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner based in Turkey.

Mr Fisher also served with the Australian Embassy in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he was accredited as Counsellor (Commercial) and Senior Trade Commissioner for Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain. He is also a co-author of a number of publications including a book, Export Best Practice: Commercial and Legal Aspects, The Federation Press, Sydney. Mr Fisher is based in Sydney.

Tony_Wood.jpgTony Wood, Director, Energy Program, Grattan Institute

Tony Wood has led the Grattan Institute’s Energy Program since mid-2011. Since then he and his team have delivered seven major reports on energy and climate change and he has developed a strong profile with governments and industry, and is a regular contributor in major media on key energy issues. From 2009 until mid-2014, he also had a role as Program Director of Clean Energy Projects at the Clinton Foundation, advising governments in the Asia-Pacific region on effective deployment of large-scale, low-emission energy technologies such as solar and CCS.

Prior to these roles, he spent 14 years working at Origin Energy in senior executive roles covering retail and LPG line management and corporate affairs. In 2008, he was seconded to provide an industry perspective to the first Garnaut review.

He has built widespread relationships within the energy sector and is an adviser to government.


Prizes of $500 will be awarded each to the best POGO, IDEC, and RE&D presentations. A prize of $250 will be awarded to the best Economics discussant.


Attendance at the conference is free.

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The conference Twitter hashtag is #crawfconf

Call for abstracts

This conference provides a wonderful opportunity to present your work in an open and supportive academic environment which benefits your research. You should encourage your colleagues to attend and to share time to discuss and debate the high quality of research that takes place in the Crawford School.

We are seeking papers from post-first year Crawford PhD candidates in the following areas:
  • Economics/economic policy
  • Public policy and governance
  • Environment and development and resource management

Papers will be selected via a competitive process. Your paper doesn't have to address the conference theme directly, but it will help your chances of its being selected if it does.

View abstracts and presentations from 2014
View abstracts and presentations from 2013
View abstracts and presentations from 2012

Papers may discuss (but are not limited to) the following issues: trade, environment, economic growth, energy and resource management, international relations, social and political development, poverty, food and water security, climate change.

All post-first-year Crawford PhD students are invited to give presentations according to the following formats, which reflect the typical formats found in Crawford PhD seminars:
  • Economics: 15-minute presentation, with 5 minutes discussant and 5 minutes of question time
  • POGO and E&D: 15-minute presentation with 10 minutes of question time

Information for presenters

Presentations must adhere to the following formats, which reflect the typical formats in Crawford PhD seminars:
  • Economics: 15-minute presentation, with 5 minutes discussant and 5 minutes of question time
  • POGO and E&D: 15-minute presentation with 10 minutes of question time

Each session will have a facilitator and you will be kept strictly to time.

Coaching and feedback
Coaching will be available to help you plan and prepare your presentation. If you want content-based feedback on your abstract, please contact Megan <megan.poore@anu.edu.au> and she will put you in touch with a committee member who will arrange this for you.

If you want academic skills feedback on your abstract, please contact Megan <megan.poore@anu.edu.au>. There will be an academic skills session on slideshows and presentation skills (see below).

This conference will provide valuable opportunities for your PhD research. Feedback for your presentation will come either from discussants (in the case of Economics papers) and/or from the questions received from the floor.

Paper guidelines/important dates
  1. Abstract Length: 150 words
  2. Abstract submission deadline: Mon 10 Aug, 12 noon
  3. Abstract acceptance notification: Mon 17 Aug, 12 noon
  4. Submission of paper (Economics only): Mon 5 Oct, 12 noon
  5. Discussant feedback (Economics only): before Mon 26 Oct, 12 noon
  6. Academic skills session on slideshows and presentation skills: Tues, 17 Nov, 3 - 4 pm, Seminar Room 1
  7. Submission of presentation slides (if you are using slides): Mon 23 Nov, 12 noon
  8. Conference: Tues 24 Nov

You can either use the ANU PowerPoint template for your slides or you may like to design your own.

All submissions must be sent to: megan.poore@anu.edu.au

Prizes of $500 will be awarded each to the best POGO, IDEC and RE&D presentations. A prize of $250 will be awarded to the best IDEC discussant.

About the Crawford School of Public Policy

Crawford School researchers have disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise in public policy, economics, development, political science and environmental management, and area expertise in the Pacific Island countries and Asia. In the past 30 years our research and advice has had a major policy impact by improving economic cooperation and performance, governance, and the environment within the Asia-Pacific region.

Our school’s academics are contributing strongly to public discussion on water management, climate change, international development, trade, biosecurity, democratic institutions and public sector benchmarking and public value. Large regional programs, particularly on Indonesia and China, have made recent influential contributions. Within Crawford School, academics cluster their research into organised research units to leverage research synergies and create opportunities to maximise the impact of research findings and policy recommendations on targeted audiences. These organised research units are funded independently through grants, consultancies or other contracts.

Organising committee members

  • President: Alex McGregor
  • Papers Director: Isi Unikowski
  • RE&D Papers Co-ordinator: Zeba Anjum
  • IDEC Papers Co-ordinator: Arif Zaman
  • POGO Papers Co-ordinator: Tristan Kenderdine
  • Promotion and Marketing Director: Andrea Soriano
  • Logistics Director: Elton Liu

If you have any questions relating to the Conference, please email Megan (megan.poore@anu.edu.au) and she will put you in touch with the relevant conference committee member.