Second Australia-Korea Dialogue

Co-chairs' Summary

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Canberra, Australia

The second Australia-Korea one-and-a-half-track dialogue was held in Canberra on Wednesday 12 October 2011.

The Dialogue was organised by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with funding from the Australia-Korea Foundation. Korean participation in the Dialogue was co-ordinated by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with funding and operational support from the Korea Foundation.

Professor Michael L’Estrange, Director, National Security College, Australian National University, co-chaired for Australia. Dr Kim Woo-sang, Professor of Political Science, Yonsei University, co-chaired for the Republic of Korea. A full list of participants is attached.

Dialogue participants analysed the strong forces of change at work in the Asia-Pacific region and assessed their impact on the strategic interests of Australia and the Republic of Korea. They discussed practical ways in which both countries could further enhance their security cooperation in response, flowing from their common position as creative, democratic middle-powers which strongly support rules-based conduct in international affairs.

Dialogue participants identified key common interests of Australia and the Republic of Korea, including:

Dialogue participants identified common concerns shared by Australia and the Republic of Korea, including:

Dialogue participants: