Fostering relationships in the Asia-Pacific
Griffith Asia Institute fosters relationships in the Asia-Pacific through high level dialogues and workshops which are key to informing and influencing Australia's Asia-Pacific policies.
THE POLITICS BEHIND THE STORY: SIXTY YEARS ON FROM THE 1957 AUSTRALIA–JAPAN COMMERCE AGREEMENT
The annual Australia–Japan Dialogues are focused on the bilateral relationship between the two states, and the mutual relationships that both countries share within the Asia-Pacific region and in the world. The Dialogues, which are jointly hosted by the Griffith Asia Institute and Japan Institute of Institute of International Affairs, bring together political scientists, international relations and diplomatic history scholars, and policy experts and practitioners. The Dialogues provide a valuable opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration and institutional cooperation in Australia–Japan related research. The 2017 Australia–Japan Dialogue, held in Brisbane in November 2017, brought together 19 experts to examine the historical, political and strategic foundations of the contemporary bilateral relationship.
CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH CHALLENGES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA
In October 2017, the Griffith Asia Institute hosted a workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on the theme of Contemporary Research Challenges in South East Asia. The workshop was for early career researchers and PhD students working on the region to build collaborative linkages and research capacity in both Australia and Cambodia within their discipline. The workshop addressed a diversity of topics in the region including the political economy of South East Asia; research challenges in transitional settings; governance and foreign policy issues; rule of law and justice in South East Asia; regional environmental and transboundary governance; and human security. The short essays included in this collection are a sample of the research presented at the workshop which provided established scholars and early career researchers with an opportunity to seek feedback, develop their research further and to discuss future possibilities for collaboration and publication.