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The Royal Oak Balmain - 36 College St
Balmain, NSW 2041 Australia
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In an exclusive live-streamed event, hear Australia’s former ambassador to China Geoff Raby in conversation with Geraldine Doogue on Australia’s future position in global affairs, as told in his new book.

The event will be streamed live on the Roaring Stories Facebook page. A limited number of tickets were available to see the event in-person at The Royal Oak Balmain. Registration is now closed – ticket-winners will be notified before 10 November.

Published 3 November 2020
Disruption has blown the old world apart. The rise of China, Trump’s America First policies, division within Europe and successful defiance by authoritarian states are affecting the shape of the emerging new order. Human rights, rule of law, free media and longstanding global institutions all seem set to be weakened. Autocracies are exercising greater control over world affairs. Australia will need to engage heightened levels of diplomacy to forge relations with countries of opposing principles. It will need to be agile in pursuing a realistic foreign policy agenda. China’s Grand Strategy and Australia’s Future in the New Global Order contains answers for how Australia must position itself for this possibly dystopian future.

Order a signed copy of the book here.

Geoff Raby AO was Australia’s ambassador to China (2007–11); ambassador to APEC (2003–5); and ambassador to the World Trade Organization (1998–2001). He is chairman of VisAsia at the Art Gallery of NSW and chairman of the Australia–China Institute of Arts and Culture at the University of Western Australia. Raby was awarded the Order of Australia in 2019 for services to Australia–China relations and to international trade. 


Geraldine Doogue OA is a presenter for ABC RN Saturday Extra which specialises in foreign policy, regional issues, agenda-changing commentators and good books. Previously, she was a reporter for the West Australian, The Australian, 2UE, Channel 10 and the Presenter/Creator of ABC RN’s Life Matters. She has received a United Nations Media Peace Prize, two Penguin Awards, a Churchill Fellowship, and was admitted to the Australian Media Hall of Fame in 2018. She is the co-author of Tomorrow’s Islam and author of The Climb.

This event is presented by Roaring Stories Bookshop Balmain with Melbourne University Publishing
With thanks to our venue partner The Royal Oak Balmain



    • Joan Greenwood

    • 4 years ago

    Where can I get tickets?

      • Kate Prendergast

      • 4 years ago

      Hi Joan – ticket registrations have now closed for the in-person event. You can still watch the livestream on the Roaring Stories Facebook page though – get an event reminder here.

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