Two young high-achieving members of the Australian Defence Organisation have attended the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore as part of a program that helps develop Defence’s future leaders, Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon said today.
Midshipman (MIDN) Nam Nguyen and Mr Jack Greig were part of a youth delegation which attended the annual Shangri-La Dialogue through a partnership between Defence and Global Voices, a not-for-profit organisation that fosters participation by young Australians in international diplomacy. They were selected by Vice Chief of the Defence Force Air Marshal Mark Binskin and Deputy Secretary Strategy Brendan Sergeant.
“The Shangri-La Dialogue is a key venue for strategic engagement which attracts ministerial and senior military delegates from across the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. The opportunity for MIDN Nguyen and Mr Greig to attend the plenary sessions provided them a valuable insight into high-level international relations and diplomacy,” Mr Snowdon said.
“The partnership between Defence and Global Voices is designed to build the ability of young Defence members to analyse strategic issues of interest to Australia. The Shangri-La Dialogue included sessions on the Afghan drawdown, cyber security and advancing Defence cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.
“The 2013 Defence White Paper reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to continue building regional links and cooperation. Defence’s partnership with Global Voices meets that intent by enhancing young leaders’ experience in regional security issues.”
As part of the Global Voices program, MIDN Nguyen and Mr Greig each completed a research paper on a regional security issue. MIDN Nguyen focussed on Australian maritime contributions to conflict prevention and Mr Greig’s paper was on ASEAN security architecture.
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