The Indo-Pacific strategic consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was a key theme for a major Australia-Europe dialogue in Brussels in June, led by the ANU National Security College. The 2022 Australia-EU strategic dialogue was co-convened by the NSC and the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), with support from the Australian Embassy and Mission to the European Union and NATO.
Although the detailed contents of the dialogue were under the Chatham House Rule, it was clear that discussions identified a convergence of Australian and European views on geopolitical risks and opportunities in Europe and the Indo-Pacific, in the context of the broader challenge to a rules-based order posed by authoritarian powers.
This was a ‘1.5 track’ dialogue – combining serving officials and non-government experts – and the first such forum the NSC has held in person since the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a valuable opportunity to deepen and renew trusted dialogue with European security experts and policy leaders, soon after the election of a new Australian Government and in the lead-up to the NATO Summit in Madrid. Delegates also exchanged perspectives with EU and NATO officials, ambassadors, Members of the European Parliament, Brussels-based think tanks, universities and journalists.