Kevin Rudd on China’s Rise and a New World Order (Bold Thinking Lecture Series and Ideas & Society)

La Trobe’s Bold Thinking Series and Ideas & Society come together to present a public lecture unlike any other.

Featuring some of our most influential academics, these events challenge the audience to broaden their minds and do as the title suggests – think boldly. The 50th Anniversary Bold Thinking Series will take this to a new level.

Drawing on the University’s myriad of high-impact research, these sessions will tackle some of the hottest topics trending in Melbourne featuring a panel of La Trobe University academics in discussion with high profile industry experts to share their bold thoughts and discoveries, and how they relate to modern society.

These public events are open to anyone who wants to learn more or share their opinion. They will be held across a range of venues in Melbourne CBD, Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Bundoora, Shepparton and Mildura.

Bold Thinking Lecture Series and Ideas & Society

As President Xi Jinping consolidates his power, China increasingly presents a confident and at times assertive face to the wider world. What does China want from its region? What is its vision for Asia and how much change would this represent? What options exist for Australia to influence how the People’s Republic comports itself on the wider global stage?

There are few Australians more qualified than Kevin Rudd to help answer these questions. As the former Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and currently the Asia Society Policy Institute, he has directly shaped Australia’s relationship with China, and has been a pivotal figure in China engagement in the global community.

Join a discussion between him, Linda Jakobson, founder and CEO of China Matters and Nick Bisley, executive director of La Trobe Asia, to explore one of the questions certain to determine the shape of the coming century.


Kevin Rudd
Mr Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010- 2012). He led Australia’s response during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) – the only major developed economy not to go into recession – and helped found the G20. As a Senior Fellow with Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, he undertook a major research project on US China Relations. Mr Rudd is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Chatham House. He is a Distinguished Statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and has been appointed to the Concordia Leadership Council. Mr Rudd is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University. He co-authored a report of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability and chairs the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Fragile States. He is the President of The Asia Society Policy Unit based in New York City.

Linda Jakobson
In January 2014, Linda Jakobson became an independent researcher. At the same time she took up the position of Visiting Professor at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. She is also a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. From 2011 to 2013 she served as the Institute’s East Asia Program Director. In 2014 Linda co-founded China Matters Ltd, a not-for-profit company registered as a charity under Australian law. The goal of China Matters is to stimulate and sustain a nuanced and informed public discourse in Australia about China’s rise and its implications for Australia. Before moving to Sydney in 2011 Linda lived and worked in China for 22 years and published six books on Chinese and East Asian society. Her last position in Beijing was Director of the China and Global Security Programme and Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) 2009-2011. A Mandarin speaker, Linda has published extensively on China’s foreign and security policy, the Taiwan Straits, China’s energy security, and science & technology policies. Her publications include “China’s unpredictable maritime security actors” (Lowy Institute Report 2014), “Australia’s relations with China in Turbulence” (The Asan Forum February 2014); China’s Arctic Aspirations (SIPRI Policy Paper 2012 with Jingchao Peng); Australia-China ties: In search of political trust (Lowy Institute Policy Brief 2011); and New Foreign Policy Actors in China (SIPRI Policy Paper 2010 with Dean Knox). Linda’s present research projects all relate to China’s foreign and security policy and East Asian political dynamics. Discrete projects focus on maritime security in Indo-Pacific Asia, US-China relations, Australia-China ties, and China’s Arctic activities

Nick Bisley
Nick Bisley is the Executive Director of La Trobe Asia and Professor of International Relations. His research and teaching expertise is in Asia’s international relations, great power politics and Australian foreign and defence policy. Nick is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs, the country’s oldest scholarly journal in the field of International Relations. Nick is a member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs national executive, the board of the Australia-India Institute,  a member of the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific and and is part of the advisory board of China Matters. He has been a Senior Research Associate of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and a Visiting Fellow at the East West-Center in Washington DC. Nick is the author of many works on international relations, including Issues in 21st Century World Politics, 3rd Edition (Palgrave, 2017), Great Powers in the Changing International Order (Lynne Rienner, 2012), and Building Asia’s Security (IISS/Routledge, 2009, Adelphi No. 408). He regularly contributes to and is quoted in national and international media including The Guardian, The Economist, CNN and Time Magazine. Nick also regularly hosts Asia Rising, the podcast of La Trobe Asia which examines the news and events of Asia’s states and societies.

Event details

Date: Thursday, 26 October 2017

Time: 12:15pm until 2.30pm

Location: Grand Ballroom, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne


$25 General

$15 Alumni & Staff

$10 Students