Contest for the Indo-Pacific

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Medcalf event A La Trobe Asia event

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Thursday 05 March 2020 06:00 pm until Thursday 05 March 2020 07:30 pm (Add to calendar)
La Trobe Asia
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La Trobe Asia
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Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training; Public

The Indo-Pacific is both a place and an idea. It is the region central to global prosperity and security. It is also a metaphor for collective action. If diplomacy fails, it will be the theatre of the first general war since 1945. But if its future can be secured, the Indo-Pacific will flourish as a shared space, the centre of gravity in a connected world.

Not only is the Indo-Pacific the area where the growing China-US rivalry seems to playing out, it is also home to a host of large and middle powers. These countries have a stake in that Great Power contest, but they also have ambitions and growing economies of their own. How can other countries respond to a strong and coercive China without resorting to capitulation or conflict?

Professor Rory Medcalf (Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University) will be in conversation with Dr Rebecca Strating (Executive Director, La Trobe Asia) at the Melbourne launch of his new book Contest for the Indo-Pacific: Why China Won't Map the Future published by La Trobe University Press. The event will be introduced by Penny Burtt, Group CEO. Asialink.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

Theatrette, State Library of Victoria

State Library of Victoria



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