ANU experts: ASEAN Summit

Southeast Asian leaders will come together in Bangkok this weekend for the two-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

The Australian National University (ANU) has a number of experts available to speak about current ASEAN issues like the Rohingya crisis and the US-China trade war, their likely impact on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Experts can be contacted directly or through the ANU media office on (02) 6125 7979.

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Professor John Blaxland
Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies
Head, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
E: john.blaxland@anu.edu.au
T: 02 6125 0932
M: 0429 824 169
Expertise: Security policy, intelligence

“The crisis with the Rohingya refugees has festered for the better part of two years and looks set to worsen as the rainy season wreaks havoc on fragile and crowded temporary camps.”

“In the past, collective action has been the catalyst for dramatic change.

“A confluence of factors point to a new window of opportunity for such collective action.

“There is an opportunity to join hands to address a problem that is bigger than Rakhine State and Myanmar, and which affects the future of ASEAN and the broader region.

“The time for innovative, visionary and collaborative action is upon us. Thai authorities can help craft a blueprint for endorsement by the time of the ASEAN summits in November.”


Dr Greg Raymond
Research Fellow, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
E: Greg.Raymond@anu.edu.au
T: 0420 425 222
Expertise: Security policy, intelligence

“This Summit will take place against concerns about the US-China trade war and its impact on Southeast Asia.

“It will be hosted by a country whose political tensions remain at boiling point, with a bitterly disputed election process having just concluded. 

“Yet Thailand has immense pride about its role as a founder of ASEAN, and will push hard for some useful results.”


Dr Sue Thompson
ANU National Security College
E: sue.thompson@anu.edu.au
T: 02 6125 6481
Expertise: Defence policy, the history of regional cooperation in Southeast Asia.

For media assistance, contact Aaron Walker on the ANU media hotline on 02 6125 7979 or 0418 307 213.

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