The Melbourne launch of the new issue of Centre of Gravity, published by the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC). Event hosted by La Trobe Asia.
Globalization and major power rivalry are creating a China-centric integrated Asian strategic system, drawing together the once-discrete theatres of Northeast, Southeast, South and Central Asia. In this new Centre of Gravity Paper ‘Integrated Asia’, Professor Nick Bisley explores this changing strategic geography. He argues China will sit at the heart of a strategic system which will have maritime and continental dimensions but it will not be able to dominate it or replicate US primacy. US influence in Asia will decline in relative terms and its ability to provide order will be constrained.
Nationalist ambition among the region’s giants will make integrated Asia an unstable place where cooperation among the great powers will be much harder to achieve than in the past. As such, Australia needs to reorient its strategic policy to reflect a more integrated Asian strategic system, one that is likely to be much less conducive to its interests than the international environment it has enjoyed over the past four decades or so.
Nick Bisley is the Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University. His research and teaching expertise is in Asia’s international relations, the diplomacy of great powers and Australian foreign and defence policy. He is the author of this issue of Centre of Gravity.
Andrew Carr is a Senior Lecturer in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. His research interests include Australian foreign and defence policy, middle powers and Asia-Pacific security. Dr Carr is the editor of the Centre of Gravity policy paper series.
Feel free to forward to all interested. Registration essential, a light lunch will be provided.
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Date: 20th June, 2017
Location: La Trobe University City Campus – Lvl 20, 360 Collins St, Melbourne.