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Australia has viewed the Middle East as a region of great cultural, economic, and geopolitical importance. With the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in 2021, Australia concluded two decades of military operations in the Middle East. Yet the region remains important for global peace and security. Concerted efforts by China and Russia to enhance their presence and influence in the Middle East only points to the continued geo-political importance of the region in years to come. Furthermore, increased migration from the region has enriched the social and cultural tapestry of Australian society. Arabic is the third most spoken language in Australia. Trade with the region, particularly with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries continues to grow. The combination of these factors call for an exploration of how the region's complex and dynamic landscape affect Australia's interests and how best our policy making can take advantage of opportunities and mitigate risks.

Middle East Studies Forum (MESF) at Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) and the Australian Institute of International Affairs Victoria are delighted to host this discussion panel.

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Deakin Downtown, Tower 2 Level 12/727 Collins St, Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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