Professor Caitlin Byrne named AIIA Fellow

Griffith Asia Institute Director Professor Caitlin Byrne has been selected as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs for 2020 (FAIIA).

Recognised for her distinguished contribution to education and the national discussion on foreign affairs, particularly on Asia, Professor Byrne is one of six individuals recognised for their work in 2020.

The Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) launched a Fellows program in 2008 to recognise exceptional contributions to Australia’s international relations. The aim of this program is to acknowledge excellence in Australia’s international affairs community.

Professor Byrne said she was delighted to be named in the 2020 list of Fellows.

“It’s an honour to be nominated. The AIIA plays such a critical role in informing debate about Australia’s place in the world. I am proud to be associated with it”, she said.

Professor Byrne said there are many opportunities for the AIIA and the Griffith Asia Institute to work together to promote discussion about Australia’s relations with its’ Asia-Pacific neighbours and that this would become even more important as the region undergoes rapid change in the political and economic landscape.

“The Griffith Asia Institute has always had strong links with the AIIA and that continues today,” she said.

“Later this month we are partnering to deliver the 2020 Japan lecture, which is a key event for the Institute.”

The overriding criterion for selection is a person with a strong connection to Australia who has achieved a very high level of distinction in, and made a distinguished contribution to, international affairs.

Professor Byrne’s research is focused on Australian diplomacy, with a special interest in the Asia-Pacific region. She joins a prestigious list of Fellows which includes former GAI Advisory Council Chair John McCarthy AO.

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