The 2021 Australia-Japan-United States Next Generation Policy Forum

The 2021 Australia-US-Japan Next Generation Policy Forum is an online event that will bring together early career professionals who demonstrate an interest and expertise in the Indo-Pacific region, providing them with opportunities to connect with experts and deepen their knowledge on the key issues facing the Indo-Pacific region.

The forum will consist of six panel discussions held over the course of three days in June and July 2021. Each panel discussion will feature at least three expert speakers from Australia, the United States, and Japan.

We invite early career professionals from or in the United States, Japan, or Australia to apply to participate in the dialogue.  Participants will have the opportunity to get to know one another and the panel speakers over the course of the three sessions.  Following the program's completion, engaged participants will receive special consideration for any future opportunities such as study tours to the US, Japan, or Australia.

Participation is free, but strictly limited based on the quality of applications.

About the Event

Date & Location: June 30, 2021 | Online
Panel One: Accidental Conflict in the Indo-Pacific
Panel Two: Aligning Approaches to the Law of the Sea in the Indo-Pacific

Date & Location: July 14, 2021 | Online
Panel One: Connectivity Challenges in the Indo-Pacific
Panel Two: Development Challenges in the Indo-Pacific

Date & Location: July 28, 2021 | Online
Panel One: COVID Recovery in the Indo-Pacific
Panel Two: Environment, Climate and Energy in the Indo-Pacific


  • Participants must reside in or be a citizen of Australia, the United States or Japan;
  • Identify as an "Early Career Professional" - In most cases, we consider Early Career Professionals to be those who have completed a tertiary degree in a relevant field within the past five years. PhD researchers are encouraged to apply.
  • A strong interest in Indo-Pacific affairs.

To apply, participants must submit their CV and a one-page statement of interest.

We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class. A maximum of 20 participants from each country will be selected. Applications close on June 7, 2021 (Australia/Japan) and June 6, 2021 (USA).

AUSTRALIAN APPLICANTS ONLY: Priority will be given to applicants who are members of their state or territory's AIIA branch. If you are not yet a member of the AIIA, register HERE.

To register your interest in participating, please click here.

Collaborating Institutions

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