Obama and the pivot to Asia: What it means for Australia and the region

26 February 2013

Co-presented with Sydney Ideas and the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.

Speaker: Lord Michael Williams of Baglan


In this lecture, Lord Michael Williams will draw on his extensive experience and knowledge in international affairs at the UN and in the British Foreign Office as well as a number of NGOs to discuss the implications of President Obama's rebalancing towards Asia and what this might meant for Australia and the Pacific.

Lord Williams was the Under Secretary-General and Special Coordinator for Lebanon, United Nations. From 1999 to 2005, he was the Special Adviser to two UK Foreign Secretaries, Robin Cook (1999-2001) and Jack Straw (2001-2005). He held a number of senior positions in the United Nations in the 1990s, including Deputy Director for Human Rights, UN Mission for Cambodia; Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva; Director, Office for Children and Armed Conflict, New York.

Lord Michael Williams is also a researcher in Middle East and Southeast Asia affairs. He received his PhD in politics from the University of London. He has been extensively writing about international affairs, peacekeeping and social welfare. His recent publications include Civil-Military Relations and Peacekeeping (1999), Vietnam at the Crossroads (1992), Communism, Religion and Revolt in Banten (1990).


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Time: 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Location: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, the Unviersity of Sydney

Cost: Free, RSVP essential

Contact: China Studies Centre

Phone: 9114 0837

Email: 0c46175b21141508455c0f1b3f0f2a551042115c0d780a36