UQ Insights: The future of Asia

Join The University of Queensland’s Chancellor, Mr Peter Varghese AO, for a thought-provoking discussion on the future of Asia. The Chancellor will be joined by La Trobe University Head of Humanities and Social Sciences Professor Nick Bisley, UQ Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs Deputy Director Associate Professor Sarah Percy, and Centre for Independent Studies Executive Director Mr Tom Switzer. 


Australia’s neighbourhood is changing, with shifts in the foundations that have underpinned security and prosperity for decades. There are concerns among US allies that American economic and military influence is in decline as China’s influence grows. This is occurring against a backdrop of a rising India, Japanese rivalry, and Southeast Asian reluctance to follow the leader, with the Asian landscape more crowded and contested than ever before.  


Can Asia’s rising giants cohabit peacefully, or will the region face damaging competition and conflict? This is a defining question of our time – and one on which Australia’s future peace and prosperity depends. 


Peter N Varghese Mr Peter N Varghese AO
The University of Queensland
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Nick Bisley Professor Nick Bisley
Head of Humanities and Social 

La Trobe University
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sarah_percy-new Associate Professor Sarah Percy
Deputy Director
Graduate Centre in Governance
and International Affairs
The University of Queensland
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Tom Switzer Mr Tom Switzer (Moderator)
Executive Director
The Centre for Independent Studies
Presenter, Between the Lines
ABC Radio National
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