Fear of Abandonment - Australia in the world since 1942

At a time when our bilateral relationships hold the key to everything from national security and regional trade to global environmental policy, Australia’s position in the world has never been more critical, or – some would argue – less certain.

Among our most worldly-wise commentators, few have the credentials to analyse our foreign relations like Allan Gyngell, who served as Director-General of the Office of National Assessments – the Australian Government’s central intelligence agency – from 2009 to 2013. Gyngell recently authored a book entitled Fear of Abandonment – and it is this fear, he argues, that has driven Australia’s place in the world since World War Two.

Now, Gyngell says, the world is “de-globalising”, and the effects of this – nationalistic leaders, tougher trade conditions – call for a much more ambitious and open-minded foreign policy, to forge new political alliances and economic partnerships.

In one of the highlights of Public Sector Week, Allan Gyngell will bring his deeply informed and often witty insights to bear on a subject that is key to our national interest, and in Victoria – with our reliance on foreign trade and investment – a vital barometer of our future economic health.

11.15am-12.15pm: Fear of Abandonment
12.15pm-1.15pm: Lunch

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If you are interested in 'Fear of Abandonment - Australia in the world since 1942'  you should also consider China and United States relations, the opportunities for Victoria - POSTPONED or Governing in an era of distrust

Monday 14 Aug

11:15AM - 1:15PM


Allan Gyngell

Grand Ballroom 1 and 2


Corporate Member $160
Personal Member $150
Non-Member $210

10% discount applies for groups of 10. Select a group of 10 when booking to receive this discount



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