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Communicating Europe: the Role of Institutes of International Affairs

Presented by

Melissa H. Conley Tyler

National Executive Director

Australian Institute of International Affairs

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Outline

  • Overview of Institutes of International Affairs
  • Case Study: the Australian Institute of International Affairs
  • The AIIA and Europe: Raising Awareness
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Institutes of International Affairs

  • First wave of institutions grew out of the Versailles Peace Treaty negotiations 1919
  • British Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and the US Council on Foreign Relations were the first established
  • Now at least 116 institutes of international affairs around the world
  • Some institutes are think tanks; others are not
  • Some are closely allied with or attached to government; others are independent
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Institutes’ Activities:

  • Membership
  • Events
  • Training
  • Professional education/training
  • Research
  • Publications
  • Second track dialogue
  • Lobbying
  • Media
  • Youth activities
  • Public awareness
  • Networking
  • Advocacy and/or facilitation between parts of government
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Why Are They Important?

  • Source of advice to policy-makers
  • Second track diplomacy
  • Training and education
  • Public understanding
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Australian Institute of International Affairs

Aims

The AIIA’s mission is to promote interest in and understanding of international affairs in Australia.

It is an independent, non-profit organisation established in 1924.

The AIIA is funded through memberships, events, publications, property rental and a small grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

It has a small paid staff but more than 150 volunteers.

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Australian Institute of International Affairs

Activities

  • Eventsmore than 200 events per year nationwide
  • Publicationsincluding the Australian Journal of International Affairs, various book series and pamphlets
  • Youth Engagementincluding school programs, careers fairs, young professionals’ networks and internships
  • Collaborationincluding second track dialogue with other institutes of international affairs

AIIA interns meeting the Hon Dr Julie Bishop MP

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Increasing Understanding

The AIIA’s constitution prevents it from expressing an opinion on any topic in international affairs.

Its model is to provide a platform for debate.

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Media Partnerships

  • AIIAvision YouTube Channel
  • A-PAC media partnership
  • Australia’s Role in the World
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Events

  • Talks on Europe at the AIIA in 2012 to date:
  • The Twilight of the Eurozone?
  • Europe: Navigating through the Current Crisis – HE David Daly, Head of the EU Delegation to Australia
  • France, the EU and Australia – HE Mr Stéphane Romatet, French Ambassador to Australia
  • Why Central Europe Matters
  • The French Presidential Elections
  • European Crisis Enters Lethal Phase – ABC journalist Stephen Long
  • Why the Poles feel Insecure
  • The Future of Europe
  • National Democracies and the European Union’s New Economic Reforms
  • From Crisis to Salvation – Can Mario Monti Save Italy?

HE David Daly, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Australia

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Publications

  • Policy commentary, April 2012: No Eutopia: The European Union Today
  • Australian Journal of International Affairs, August 2011: Special issue on Australia’s Trade with Europe: Potential Unfulfilled? launched in Canberra and Brussels
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Second Track Dialogue

  • ASEM: Events in Canberra and Melbourne featuring:
    • - Dr Lay Hwee Yeo (Singapore Institute of International Affairs) and Dr Wilhelm Hofmeister (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung)
    • - Belgian Ambassador HE Patrick Renault, Head of European Union Delegation HE David Daly
    • - Dr Stefan Auer (LaTrobe University), Dr Philomena Murray (University of Melbourne), Dr Bruce Wilson (RMIT) and Dr Pauline Winand (Monash University)
  • G20: Partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and involvement in the University of Pennsylvania’s G20 Think Tanks Summit.
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Youth

  • VCE Seminar – “Crises and Responses”
  • International Careers Conference
  • Quarterly ACCESS and Monthly ACCESS
  • Nygh Internship to the Hague Conference on Private International Law
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Maintaining Public Interest

Sir Zelman Cowen Oration, AIIA VIC, “Australia: Foreign Policy in a Changing World”

Dennis Richardson, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Communicating Europe: the Role of Institutes of International Affairs

Presented by

Melissa H. Conley Tyler

National Executive Director

Australian Institute of International Affairs