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Webinar: Australia votes 2022: Our place in the region

As Australians head to the voting booth, much of this election has focused on our regional relationships and our place in the global order.

Many have labelled this a 'khaki election', with national security becoming a major election issue. The campaign so far has been dominated by regional issues, particularly the fallout of China's pact with the Solomon Islands.

Whether it is the strength of our alliances with neighbours or how to deal with rising China, the next government will potentially shape Australia's place in the region for the next generation.

What does the 2022 election campaign reveal about Australia’s perceptions of its security within an increasingly contested region? Is the ‘politicisation’ of national security a positive development, and to what extent does it determine how people vote? And what do the national security discussions mean for the Asian diaspora in Australia?

Panel:

  • Professor Peter Dean, Chair of Defence Studies/Director, Defence and Security Institute, UWA Defence and Security Program, University of Western Australia
  • Associate Professor Andrea Carson, Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy, La Trobe University
  • Sarah Ison, Political reporter in The Australian's Canberra press gallery bureau
  • Jennifer Hsu, Research Fellow in the Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Program, Lowy Institute

Chair:

Associate Professor Bec Strating, Director, La Trobe Asia

This event is a collaboration with the Defence and Security Institute at the University of Western Australia.

Recorded on 17 May 2022 as a live webinar event.


Modern Monarchies in Asia

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While the twentieth century saw the collapse of monarchies across Europe, recent events are a reminder that hereditary monarchies still matter in Asia. In some countries like Malaysia and Bhutan the institution is thriving, but they can struggle for relevancy given the pro-democracy movement in Thailand and fast-modernising landscape of Japan.

Guest:

Emeritus Professor Dennis Altman, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, La Trobe University and author of God Save the Queen: The Strange Persistence of Monarchies.

Recorded on 15 February 2022

Episode # 184


Webinar: 'The New BJP' - a conversation with the author

This special 'in conversation' event discussed Nalin Mehta’s recently released book, “The New BJP: Modi and the making of the world’s largest political party” (Westland, 2022). The book examines the rise and influence of the BJP party in India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and implications for Indian politics and society.

Guests:

Dr Nalin Mehta, Dean, School of Modern Media, UPES | Advisor, Global University Systems | Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University Singapore
Dr Ian Woolford, Lecturer, Hindi Studies, La Trobe University

Moderator:

Associate Professor Bec Strating, Director - La Trobe Asia

Recorded on 26 April 2022 as a live webinar event.


Indonesia’s Foreign Policy in a Changing Regional Environment

Indonesia aspires to play an active and influential role in regional and global affairs, and its public expects broad influence. How can its foreign policy ideas adapt to a changing and contested region? And how can prospective partner countries such as Australia build trust and relationships?

Guest:

Professor Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Research Professor at the Research Centre for Politics, National Research and Innovation Agency (Pusat Riset Politik BRIN); Chair, Board of Directors of The Habibie Center; former Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs to the Vice President of Indonesia.

Recorded on 28 April 2022.

Episode # 183


Japan's Regional Security Challenge

Japan occupies an ambitious position in geopolitics, desiring to maintain a balance of power in the face of a rising China, and to bring about economic prosperity, peace, and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Guest:

Associate Professor Stephen Nagy, Department of Politics and International Studies, International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo, Japan.

Recorded on 4 April 2022

Episode #182


Event: The Xinjiang Emergency: Perceptions of Uyghur Detention in China

Since 2016, an estimated one million Uyghurs and members of other Turkic Muslim minorities have disappeared into a vast network of ‘re-education camps’ in the far west region of Xinjiang, China in what some experts call a systematic, government-led program of cultural genocide.

Those outside detention are subject to intensive surveillance through a network of hi-tech surveillance systems, checkpoints and interpersonal monitoring.

While many countries now acknowledge these problems as a reality of President Xi Jinping's China, a more accurate understanding of how the detentions are perceived both within China and in the global community is crucial.

The Melbourne book launch of The Xinjiang emergency Exploring the causes and consequences of China's mass detention of Uyghurs, edited by Michael Clarke.

Panel:

  • Dr Michael Clarke, Senior Fellow, Centre for Defence Research, Australian Defence College and Adjunct Professor, Australia-China Relations Institute, University of Technology Sydney
  • Professor James Leibold, Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy, La Trobe University

Chair

Associate Professor Rebecca Strating, Director, La Trobe Asia

This was a hybrid event, recorded on 5 April 2022 at our City Campus and streamed online.


Event: Deepening Australia-Japan Relations in a Contested Region

As regional powers in the Indo-Pacific, Australia and Japan have much to gain from increased bilateral cooperation and increased interaction through ‘minilaterals’ such as the Quad. Strategic forces are pushing the states closer together, and Australia relationship with Japan has never been closer. This is demonstrated by the ‘Special Strategic Partnership’ between the states and the recent signing of an historic Reciprocal Access Agreement.

How can the two countries deepen their relationship in a time of strategic contestation? How can they better use diplomatic, trade and security policy tools to deal with new challenges? And how might cultural and people-to-people links be further developed?

Opening remarks by Mr Shimada Junji, Consul-General of Japan in Melbourne.

Panel:

  • Senior Associate Professor Stephen Nagy, Department of Politics and International Studies, International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo, Japan
  • Professor Nick Bisley, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University
  • Professor Kaori Okano, Japanese Studies, La Trobe University

Chair:

Associate Professor Rebecca Strating, Director, La Trobe Asia

This was a hybrid event, recorded on 4 April 2022 at our City Campus and streamed online.


Webinar: Fresh Perspectives on the Indo-Pacific

This launch of Issue 6 of the La Trobe Asia Brief brings together emerging leaders to discuss critical issues facing the Indo-Pacific. Written by students and young professionals from a diverse range of areas, this event will explore gender and conflict resolution in the Indo-Pacific, Australian foreign policy and South Korea’s maritime strategy. As the balance of power shifts in the Indo-Pacific, future leaders are looking at strategic challenges from a fresh perspective. To understand the future of the Indo-Pacific, it is vital we listen to future leaders.

This La Trobe Asia Brief is an output of the 2021 La Trobe Asia Emerging Leaders Program: Regional Perspectives on the Free and Open Indo-Pacific. Over two months 40 Emerging Leaders participated in a series of Masterclasses and academic dialogue with regional experts.

This event was supported by the U.S. Embassy Canberra.

Speakers:

  • Tom Barber, Program Officer, Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy & Defence Dialogue (AP4D)
  • Isadora Vadasz, Victoria Department of Justice and Community Safety
  • Alexander M. Hynd, PhD Candidate and Research Associate, University of New South Wales

Chair:

Associate Professor Bec Strating, Director, La Trobe Asia

Recorded on 24 March 2022


Indigenous Language Politics in Inner Mongolia

The Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region in northern China has, in recent years, been the site of extensive protests against changes to the education system that have diminished the role of the Mongolian language. What might the UN’s Decade of Indigenous Languages mean for the region’s Mongols and their struggle to protect their language?

Podcast #2 of a three podcast series exploring issues of indigenous languages to mark the beginning of the United Nations International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022 - 2032).

Guest:

Gegentuul Baioud, Postdoctoral Fellow, Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University

Host:

Dr Gerald Roche, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University,  and La Trobe Asia Fellow

Recorded on 17 February 2022

Episode #181


Webinar: Gendering the Pandemic: Women’s representation and participation in the Asia-Pacific

For all states across the Asia-Pacific women’s representation in all sectors remains dismally low. The COVID-19 pandemic and responses to it have disproportionately affected women and girls across the Asia-Pacific, from alarming increases in domestic violence during extended lockdowns to the growing gender gap in employment opportunities.

Addressing these challenges requires policy-makers to implement gender-sensitive reforms, taking the voice and visibility of women and girls seriously in decision-making processes across both private and public sector spheres.

As we manage the difficult task of recovery and the ongoing long term impacts of COVID-19 there has never been a better time to lift ambition on women’s representation and participation in leadership roles. But how do we make this ambition a reality?

This event was presented by La Trobe Asia and the Griffith Asia Institute.

Introduction provided by Professor Caitlin Byrne, Director - Griffith Asia Institute

Panel:

  • Professor Vivian Lin, Executive Associate Dean, Professor of Practice (Public Health), LKS Faculty of Medicine, Hong Kong University and Adjunct Professor, La Trobe Asia
  • Dr Dhara Shah, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director Engagement in the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation, Griffith Business School
  • Ryce Chanchai, ASEAN Governance, Peace and Security Lead, UN Women Indonesia

Chair:

Associate Professor Bec Strating, Director - La Trobe Asia

Recorded on 15 March 2022


Indigenous Language Politics in the Indian Himalayas

The Lepcha community is indigenous to the Himalayan mountains, and can be found across India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. There are estimated to be less than 70,000 speakers of the Lepcha language, and while it is an official language of Sikkim, retention is a challenge.

Podcast #1 of a three podcast series exploring issues of indigenous languages to mark the beginning of the United Nations International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022 - 2032).

Guest:

Dr Charisma Lepcha, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Sikkim University and Visiting Scholar, Harvard Yenching Institute.

Host:

Dr Gerald Roche, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University, and La Trobe Asia Fellow

Recorded on 16 February 2022

Episode #180


Webinar: Indigenous Language Politics in Asia

Asia is a linguistically diverse region, but this diversity is currently under threat. After centuries of colonisation and decades of rapid development, communities throughout Asia are facing distinct and urgent challenges to defend their rights to language in the face of discrimination, exclusion, and violence.

How are Indigenous people and languages across Asia responding to this situation? Who decides which languages deserve attention and resources? How can awareness of Indigenous languages be raised and new political agendas promoted?

As the world enters what UNESCO has declared as the Decade of Indigenous Languages we will explore these issues with several researchers from Asia - people who speak, advocate for, or research some of the region’s many Indigenous languages.

Speakers:

  • Assistant Professor Prem Phyak, Applied Linguistics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Associate Professor Madoka Hammine, International Studies, Meio University
  • Associate Professor Tuting Hernandez, Linguistics, University of Philippines
  • Senior Research Fellow Gerald Roche, Politics, Media & Philosophy, La Trobe University

Chair:

Associate Professor Bec Strating, Director, La Trobe Asia

Recorded on 22 February 2022.


Podcast: Biden's Indo-Pacific Strategy

The Biden administration has released a new Indo-Pacific strategy, and much is at stake, with the acknowledgement that competition from China and climate change are of great concern to the United States and its allies.

Guest:

Associate Professor Bec Strating, Director, La Trobe Asia, La Trobe University

Recorded on 15 February 2022.

Episode #179


Podcast: Beijing Hosts the Winter Olympics

The 2022 Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing, and with the collision of sports, politics and covid, this is proving to be an Olympiad to remember.

Guest:
Associate Professor Geoff Dickson, Director of the Centre for Sport and Social Impact, La Trobe University

Recorded on 1 February 2022.

Episode # 178


Podcast: Health Systems and the Pandemic

As we enter year three of the covid-19 and settle into our schedule of working from home, home-schooling and hopefully not catching a deadly plague, how are health systems in Asia coping and adapting with the pandemic?

Guest:
Professor Vivian Lin (Executive Associate Dean of LKS Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong and Adjunct Professor of La Trobe Asia).

Recorded on 17 January 2022.

Episode #177