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The year ahead (Canberra)

What are the key issues likely to dominate Australia’s international agenda in 2021? Australia's relations with China and America, the COVID and climate-change agenda, and how the new US administration will approach the region are covered in this wide-ranging panel discussion between Lowy Institute experts. This event was hosted by the Lowy Institute at the National Press Club of Australia on Monday 15 February 2021.

- Event Speakers -
Richard McGregor is a Senior Fellow on China at the Lowy Institute. He was the Financial Times bureau chief in Beijing and Shanghai between 2000 and 2009, and headed the Washington office for four years from 2011. Prior to joining the FT, he was the chief political correspondent and China and Japan correspondent for The Australian.

Natasha Kassam is a Research Fellow in the Lowy Institute’s Public Opinion and Foreign Policy Program. She is a former Australian diplomat and Fellow of the ANU National Security College’s Futures Council for 2020-21.

Ben Scott is the Director of the Lowy Institute’s project on Australia's Security and the Rules-Based Order. He joined the Lowy Institute from the Office of National Intelligence, where he was a Senior Middle East Analyst before representing ONI at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC from 2016-2020.

Sam Roggeveen is Director of the Lowy Institute’s International Security Program, and a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University. Sam was a senior strategic analyst the Office of National Assessments. He also worked on arms control policy in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, and as an analyst in the Defence Intelligence Organisation.

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