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Last modified: Friday, April 1, 2011

Australian ambassador to discuss future of Australian-U.S. relations

April 1, 2011

EDITORS: Australian Ambassador to the U.S., the Honorable Kim Beazley, will deliver a special lecture at Indiana University Bloomington on Thursday (April 7) on the future of Australian-U.S. relations. The lecture will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room of the Lilly Library, 1200 E. Seventh St., and will be followed by a reception hosted by IU President Michael McRobbie.

A longtime politician and diplomat, Beazley served 27 years (1980-2007) in the Australian House of Representatives. He was leader of the Australian Labor Party and leader of the opposition from 1996 to 2001 and 2005 to 2006. Additionally, he was a minister under Australian Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and Paul Keating and served as deputy prime minister to Keating in 1995-96. He retired from the Parliament of Australia in 2007.

In July 2008 he was appointed chancellor of the Australian National University, a position he held until December 2009. Beazley assumed his current post as ambassador to the U.S. in February 2010.

He is expected to explore several questions during his lecture, including:

  • What direction will Australian-U.S. relations take in the coming decades?
  • How will the rise of countries such as China and India as regional, and indeed, global powers affect these bilateral relations?
  • What issues do the two countries currently face and what are likely to arise in the future.

WHAT: Special lecture on "Allies: Australian/American Relations in the Asian Century" by the Honorable Kim Beazley, Australian ambassador to the U.S. A reception hosted by IU President Michael McRobbie will follow the talk and allow participants to speak with Beazley and continue the conversation regarding the future of Australian-U.S. relations.

WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: IU Lilly Library, Lincoln Room

RSVP: Space is limited and an early RSVP is recommended for this event. E-mail or call 812-855-0269.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This event is being sponsored at IU Bloomington by the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs and the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute. More on this institute, established in 2009 by IU and the Australian National University, can be found at