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A Hypothetical Crisis in the South China Sea


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What if maritime forces of the United States and China clash in the South China Sea, and Australia is called on to come to America’s aid? How far would we be willing to go in a skirmish between our strongest military ally and our biggest trading partner?

At the first event in our This is Not a Drill series, Ali Moore and our expert panellists will steer us through choppy diplomatic waters, and formulate the best strategic response.

Presented in partnership with Asialink, the University of Melbourne.


Ali Moore

Ali Moore has more than 25 years experience as a journalist and broadcaster, working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia’s Nine Network, and for the BBC’s global news network, based in Singapore. She has covered major news and current affairs events across the region... Read more

Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans is a writer, academic, lawyer and former cabinet minister. He was a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke and Keating Governments for thirteen years, as Attorney General, Minister for Resources & Energy, Transport & Communications, and Foreign Affairs; Leader of the Government in the Se... Read more

Chris Barrie

Professor Admiral Chris Barrie is Honorary Professor at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. He retired in 2002 after 42 years in the Royal Australian Navy, ending in four years of service as the Chief of the Defence Force(CDF). Since t... Read more

Sow Keat Tok

Dr Sow Keat Tok joined the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne in 2012. He obtained his PhD in Politics and International Studies in the UK, and was previously associated with Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR) at the University of Warwick (2011-2012), the Chi... Read more

Chen Hong

Chen Hong is Chair of Department of English Language and Literature, and Director of the Australian Studies Centre at East China Normal University in Shanghai. He is also Executive Vice President of the Chinese Association of Australian Studies, Editor-in-Chief of the Website of Australian Studies i... Read more

Charles Edel

Charles Edel is a senior fellow and visiting scholar at the United States Studies Centre. Previously, he was Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the US Naval War College, and served on the US Secretary of State’s policy planning staff from 2015 to 2017. In that role, he advised Secre... Read more

Merriden Varrall

Dr Merriden Varrall is Director of the East Asia Program at the Lowy Institute. Before joining the Lowy Institute, Merriden was the Assistant Country Director and Senior Policy Advisor at UNDP China, where she focusing on China’s international development cooperation policy. She has spent almost ... Read more

Sam Mostyn

Sam Mostyn has enjoyed a diverse career across business, politics, science and the arts, international development, not-for-profit sector, Indigenous reconciliation and sport. After many years in senior corporate management roles in telecommunications, broadcasting and insurance, Sam now serves as a... Read more


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