Speeches | 05 June 2012

Address to the Australia-Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Australian ties with the Middle East

Lowy Insitute West Asia Program Director Anthony Bubalo gave an address to the Australia-Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, during the 2012 Business Forum and Expo, in Sydney on 5th June 2012. In his address Anthony examines the history of the Australia - Middle East relationship, the challenges extending from the the Arab uprisings, the potential of improved ties between the Middle East and East Asia and the need to maintain a balanced relationship with key countries in the region.

Lowy Insitute West Asia Program Director Anthony Bubalo gave an address to the Australia-Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, during the 2012 Business Forum and Expo, in Sydney on 5th June 2012. In his address Anthony examines the history of the Australia - Middle East relationship, the challenges extending from the the Arab uprisings, the potential of improved ties between the Middle East and East Asia and the need to maintain a balanced relationship with key countries in the region.

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Key Findings

  • For all the progress that has been made over the last two decades we are approaching something of a crossroads in Australia’s ties with the Middle East.
  • Australia must build relations with a new generation of leaders in Middle Eastern countries, even while the situation seems so uncertain, to build a solid foundation for future partnerships.
  • Australia need to adjust its attitude to the Middle East. Rather than seeing it as distinct from Asia Australia should see the Middle East as part of Asia.