24 August 2017 2:15 PM to 3:15 PMOne of the first acts of new U.S. President Donald Trump on taking office in January was to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. TPP had been the organizing principle of the Obama Administration's economic engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. The Trump Administration has expressed a preference for bilateral trade agreements and threatened to close the U.S. market if trading partners do not take steps to reduce trade imbalances and eliminate "unfair" trade practices. How will this affect the reality and perception of U.S. economic engagement in the Asia Pacific, where America's military presence has generally been viewed as necessary but not sufficient? And how will this shape the economic strategies of Australia, China, and other countries in the region? Mr. Goodman will address these questions and offer an outlook for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting in Vietnam in November.
31 August 2017 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Little is known about cooperation between nations engaged in a regional economic association. This study investigates cooperation and closure between Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies engaged in negotiating five bilateral free trade agreements (FTA), including the Australia–Singapore FTA 2003, United States–Singapore FTA 2003, Chile–United States FTA 2003, Australia–United States FTA 2004, and Korea–Australia FTA 2014. This study found that a number of factors bring about or interfere with cooperation at the closure stage. Party stability and instability, linkage dynamics such as deadlines and delays, and asymmetrical power relations can each have an impact on closure. Movement toward closure normally shifts FTA negotiations from technical to senior political leaders, while negotiations are often concluded on the sidelines of meetings sponsored by international organizations including APEC Leaders’ Summit and Ministerial meetings.
Larry Crump is Deputy Director of the APEC Study Centre at Griffith University (Brisbane Australia), where he lectures in international negotiation and international management for the Griffith Business School. In the past year he studied the factors that support and inhibit policy coordination in regional association in Latin America and around the Mediterranean, as a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (2016 – 2017, Germany). Prior to that he studied negotiation strategy through the Australia – Korea Free Trade Agreement negotiations as a Professor at Kyung Hee University (2014 – 2015, Korea). He sits on the editorial board of the International Negotiation journal, the Negotiation Journal, and the Journal of Negotiation and Conflict Management. He specialises in the study of complex negotiations in multilateral, regional and bilateral settings to develop theory that has scholarly and professional utility.
4 September 2017 1:00 PM to 2:00 PMIn its unique geopolitical and economic circumstances, Israel has traditionally viewed the US and the EU as its chief international economic partners. How should Israel - one of the OECD's smallest members - reconsider its global economic strategies as centers of economic and political gravity are shifting to the east?
15 September 2017 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMUniversity of Melbourne alumni residing in the London area are invited to a cocktail reception at RSA House on Friday, 15 September.