• How the Indian and Australian Coast Guards Can Implement the Free & Open Indo-Pacific

    Indo-Pacific Maritime Hour (via Zoom) --

    8 Dec 2022 – 09:00 (London), 14:30 (Delhi), 17:00 (Singapore), 18:00 (Tokyo), 20:00 (Sydney)

    Experts on the Indian Coast Guard and Australian Coast Guard-equivalents will team up to discuss how Coast Guards can help implement the Free & Open Indo-Pacific concept and what the major barriers will be for success.


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    Dr. Pooja Bhatt is a Consultant at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. Previously, she taught as an Assistant Professor at the School of Military Affairs, Strategy and Logistics, Rashtriya Raksha University, Gandhinagar Gujarat. She was a UGC Senior Research Fellow in Defence and Strategic Studies. The opportunities to collaborate with Delhi University, Amity University and other private universities on lectures on maritime security-related issues helped her to disseminate the subject knowledge that she gained over the years. She started her career as an intern at the Indian Council of World Affairs, a prestigious think tank under the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India.


    Dr Bec Strating is the Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University. Her current research interests include maritime disputes in Asia and Australian foreign and defense policy. In 2019, she was awarded an Asian Studies Visiting Fellowship at the East-West Center in Washington DC, and was a visiting affiliate fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. She is also a non-resident fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre. Bec received her PhD in politics from Monash University in 2013, and in her academic career has published three monographs and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. Her latest monograph ‘Defending the Maritime Rules-based Order: Regional States and the South China Sea Disputes’ was published by the East West Center in 2020. In 2018, her article on the Timor Sea maritime dispute was awarded the prestigious Boyer Prize for best article published in the Australian Journal of International Affairs in 2017.


    Kate Clayton is a Research Officer at La Trobe Asia, a sessional academic in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy, and a graduate research student. An international relations expert, her research areas include Australia, China, the Pacific Islands and the United States. Her focus is on security, geopolitics, climate change, gender and sexuality. Kate's work has been published in The Conversation, Crikey, Lowy Institute Interpreter, China Story Blog, 9Dash Line, ABC News, the Canberra Times, Perth USAsia Centre and Junkee. She is Chief Operations Officer at Young Australians in International Affairs, a not-for profit fostering the next generation of Australian perspectives and leadership in international affairs. Kate has a Masters of International Relations (International Security) from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of International Relations (Asian Studies) from La Trobe University and has studied at Chongqing University in China.


    Format: This event will be off-the-record.
    Moderator: John Bradford, YCAPS Executive Director

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    Webinar Cost: Free of charge

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