The Griffith Asia Institute, in partnership with DFAT and the Korea Foundation, convened an international dialogue on soft power and public diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific on 19–20 May 2016.

Academics, policy makers and diplomats gathered to explore the growing importance of soft power and emerging trends in public diplomacy.

The diversity of the Indo-Pacific was reflected in the diversity of delegates, with fifteen nations from across the region represented.

Professor Ian O’Connor, Griffith University Vice Chancellor and President, welcomed delegates to Brisbane, and Marcus Corowa, one of Australia’s brightest emerging entertainers, spoke of the power of music to forge connections across cultures.

Over two days, delegates considered challenges and opportunities emerging from trends such as the rise of globalisation, new technologies and increased public participation.

Read the full “Insights on soft power: Dialogue on emerging trends in the Indo-Pacific” article on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

Insights on soft power