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.
9.30am - 10.45am: Public Sector Week Opening
10.45am - 11.15am: Morning tea break
11.15am-12.15pm: Fear of Abandonment