Adapting Australia to an era of geoeconomic competition

Crawford School of Public Policy
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Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 16 February 2021


Molonglo Theatre , Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Dr Jeffrey Wilson, Perth USAsia Centre and Professor Anthea Roberts, School of Regulation and Global Governance


Tim Wilford

Geoeconomic contests pose a major new challenge to Australia’s national interests. Trade warfare, strategic investment races and competitive multilateralism have seen economics become a domain in which great power rivalries are fought. As a medium-sized, open and trade dependent economy, Australia is especially exposed to both economic and security risks associated with geoeconomics. How can Australia adapt its policy settings for the era of geoeconomic competition?

The ANU National Security College is pleased to collaborate with the Perth USAsia Centre for the national launch of Adapting Australia to an Era of Geoeconomic Competition. Authored by Dr Jeffrey Wilson, this policy report explores the origin of the geoeconomic contests, analyses the domains in which Australia is exposed to new security risks, and consider how Australia can adapt its foreign policy settings to manage the geoeconomic environment of the 21st century. The event will feature a launch of the report and a discussion of its findings with Dr Jeffrey Wilson and ANU Professor Anthea Roberts. This will be followed by Q&A with the audience and an introduction to the growing agenda of ANU research in this field.


Dr Jeffrey Wilson is the Research Director at the Perth USAsia Centre. He provides leadership and strategic direction in developing the Centre’s research program across its publications, policy and dialogue activities.

Jeffrey specialises in the regional economic integration of the Indo-Pacific. He has particular expertise in the politics of trade agreements, regional economic institutions, and Australia’s economic ties with Asia.

Professor Anthea Roberts is a Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance who specialises in public international law, international economic law, comparative international law, and the effect of geopolitical change on global governance.

Prior to joining ANU, Anthea taught at the London School of Economics, Columbia Law School and Harvard Law School. Anthea chairs the ANU Working Group on Geoeconomics and is currently writing a book with Professor Nicolas Lamp called Winners and Losers: Narratives About Economic Globalisation (2021 Harvard University Press).

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