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Sat, 6 Nov 2021, 6:15PM


6 Nov 2021

Duration 1hr 15mins


Sat, 6 Nov 2021, 6:15PM


Dunstan Playhouse


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Evelyn Goh, Natasha Kassam and Geoff Raby AO
Moderator: Tory Shepherd

Australia takes its place in the Asia Pacific, its geographical home, with some reluctance. For this session three experts come together to talk about the region, in particular the implications of an increasingly powerful China.

Professor Evelyn Goh is the author of The Asia Pacific’s “Age of Uncertainty”. Natasha Kassam is a Director at the Lowy Institute and her areas of expertise include China’s domestic policy, Australian foreign policy, Taiwan, and human rights. Geoff Raby AO is a former Ambassador to China and author of China’s Grand Strategy and Australia’s Future in the New Global Order. 

Natasha Kassam is the Director of the Lowy Institute’s Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Program and fellow of the ANU National Security College’s Futures Council.

Evelyn Goh is the Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies at The Australian National University. Her research focuses on East Asian history, security and international relations. Her books include Rising China’s Influence in Developing Asia (Oxford, 2016) and Rethinking Sino-Japanese Alienation (Oxford, 2020).

Dr. Geoff Raby was Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011. After 27 years in the public service, he completed his Ambassadorial term and resigned to establish Geoff Raby and Associates in 2011. Dr. Raby serves as an Independent Nonexecutive Director of ASXlisted companies, Yancoal, Oceanagold and Netlinkz. Dr Raby also served as an independent director with Fortescue Metal Group.

Tory Shepherd is a senior journalist with Guardian Australia. She has written for The Advertiser,, Gourmet Traveller, Vogue, Cosmos Magazine and a range of other publications. You can hear her regularly on ABC radio and see her on shows including The Drum and The Project.