Promoting cooperation and policy formulation

The Griffith Asia Institute has co-hosted international dialogues with Philippines-based institutions for a number of years. These track II dialogues seek to explore opportunities for cooperation and policy formulation in the areas of economic development and security in the Asia Pacific.

Philippine-Australian Relations: Connecting the Spokes

Manila, Philippines

18-19 July 2019

Manila-based think-tank Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress (APPFI) and GAI co-organised the 2019 Australia-Philippines Dialogue on July 18-19, with the support of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines. This year’s theme was '"Connecting the Spokes” in reference to the hubs and spokes model with the United States as the centre. The dialogue aimed to identify the nuances of quasi-alliances and the ways that spokes connect to each other. The dialogue also evaluated the comprehensive partnership between Australia and the Philippines. An objective evaluation paved the way for quality recommendations on how to sustain the positive trajectory of the relationship in the face of regional challenges.


Australia-Philippines Security Cooperation: The Maritime Dimension | Ian Hall

Entering the Goldilocks Zone? Strategic inertia and new opportunities in the Australia-Philippines relationship | Peter Dean

The Philippine policy of linking spokes together: A focus on the Philippine-Australian security partnership | Renato Cruz De Castro

Maritime security cooperation: The Philippine experience | Dianne Faye C Despi

Connecting the spokes: Trade, investment and economic relations | Rowan Callick

Enhancing counterterrorism cooperation through transnational communities | Francis C Domingo

Challenges and Opportunities for Security Cooperation under the Australia-Philippines Partnership

Manila, Philippines

24-25 June 2018

The 2018 Australia-Philippines Think Tank Dialogue explored new and re-emerging challenges brought about by power politics, questions on leadership, as well as threats stemming from non-traditional security challenges, to re-assess how to deepen and strengthen the Australia-Philippines partnership.


After Marawi: Advancing Australia–Philippines strategic relations Benjamin Schreer and Ian Hall.

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Previous dialogues

The Griffith Asia Institute has partnered with the Foreign Services Institute in Manila, the prime training and research institute for Philippine foreign policy, diplomacy, and related fields and a recognised centre for language learning as well as the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). PIDS research is aimed at helping government planners and policy-makers in the executive and legislative branches of government. Its primary clientele consists of the network of agencies which make up the National Economic and Development Authority.

First dialogue

The first Philippine-Australia Dialogue (PAD) was instigated by the Australian Government in 1997. This initiative was subsequently upgraded to a joint ministerial meeting in 2005.  Griffith Asia Institute’s predecessor, Griffith University's Centre for Study of Asia Australia Relations, was the host of the first PAD in 1997.

Past dialogues have focused on the bilateral relationship around the economic and trade partnership and the broader security issues within the Asia-Pacific region.  Topics have included:

  • ‘Economic diplomacy and the APEC agenda’;
  • ‘The South China Sea – Managing tensions, revisiting regional efforts and fostering cooperation’; and
  • ‘Australia-Philippines two track security dialogue’.

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