The Rules of the Game in a Rising Asia
26 October 2012
The newly established Centre for United States and Asia Policy Studies (CUSAPS) will be holding a one-day workshop in Adelaide to launch the new Centre and welcome renowned national and international leaders in this field.
The Centre’s integrated approach to exploring strategic and economic dynamics both within and between the United States and Asia, and how they interplay with Australia’s own domestic and foreign policies, makes it unique in Australia.
The inaugural annual conference will tackle one of the most pressing strategic questions in the Asia Pacific. The central message of the Obama Doctrine for China, as stated in his Canberra speech is perfectly clear: there are economic and strategic rules of the game, however these rules need to be examined as they may change in the future.
- The Two Towers? China and America search for new growth models after the crash, Professor Herman Schwartz, University of Virginia.
- China’s Approach to BRICS, Professor Joseph Cheng, City University of Hong Kong.
- Competition in the South China Sea – addressing the game of ‘Tit for Tat’, Dr Sam Bateman, University of Wollongong.
- Dancing with ‘A Thousand Friends, Zero Enemies’: Indonesia, China and the US, Dr Priyambudi Sulistiyanto, Flinders University
For over 40 years Flinders University has maintained the most comprehensive teaching and research program on the United States in Australia. The American Studies Department offers a full honors program in American Studies and a full range of supervision at all research levels.
There are 3 innovative initiatives that support the success of the Flinders programs.
- The Washington Internships Program – undergraduate students work on Capitol Hill for 7 weeks during the Australian summer.
- Study of the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement – the third year seminar topic is unique in Australia
- Comparative study of United States (American Studies Department) – one of the most compelling ways to teach about the United States in Australia.
Flinders University was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Political Science by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in late 2009 following a national, competitive selection process.
Asian Studies is a multi-disciplinary field, and an academic department was first introduced at Flinders in 1976 bringing together staff from Economics, Geography, History and Politics. The Indonesian Language major was introduced at that time and the Asian Studies major began in 1989.
In 2004 Flinders further enhanced its engagement with Asia by establishing the Flinders Asia Centre.