France - A Power in the Pacific

AIIA WA, in collaboration with the Forrest Research Foundation, is pleased to be hosting Mr Thomas Feldstein, General Manager of the Alliance Francaise de Perth as our speaker for the Institute's October 2023 event. A graduate in History and Political Science, Mr Feldstein has spent several years in New Caledonia and Fiji working in public policy and cultural diplomacy. He is well placed to provide an insightful analysis of France and the Pacific: its current posture, both as a sovereign power with both land and maritime territory and a partner nation to the Pacific family; and the challenges to its future in the region, including those posed by the interests of other countries (China, US, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Neighbours) as well as its own citizens - currently over 1.5 million - who live in its Pacific territories. 


As nuclear state, a permanent member of UN Security Council, a G7 member and a significant source of development assistance, France is a critical ally of Australia in the Pacific. This presentation will be an opportunity for members and guests to get a deeper understanding of France's current role in the region and its future trajectory in a part of the world which has seen increasing contention and concern for Australian policy makers.

This event will be preceded by the AIIA Annual General Meeting.

Guests will receive a welcome drink on arrival.  

Oct 18, 2023

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM GMT+8

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The Ashburton Room, Forrest Hall
21 Hackett Dr., Crawley WA 6009
Crawley, Western Australia, Australia

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  • Thomas Feldstein (General Manager at Alliance Francaise Perth - Australia)

    Thomas Feldstein

    General Manager at Alliance Francaise Perth - Australia

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Member Ticket

Doors open at 6:00pm. Presentation begins at 6:30

Member Price A$10
Non Member Ticket

Doors open at 6:00pm. Presentation begins at 6:30


The Australian Institute of International Affairs for WA

The Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) is an independent, non-profit organisation seeking to promote interest in and understanding of international affairs in Australia.

The WA Branch of the AIIA was founded in 1947 by Professor Fred Alexander of the University of WA, who became its first President. Like the earlier established branches in the other Australian states, the WA Branch was modelled on the British Royal Institute of International Affairs, based at Chatham House in London.

The WA Branch has maintained a steady membership, including many prominent West Australian and national leaders. Successive State Governors have served as the Branch's Official Visitor. The aim of the institute is to be an independent and non-political body that facilitates and encourages the study and debate of international questions.

Membership fees includes a subscription to The Australian Journal of International Affairs as well as two tickets at the member price to each of our our monthly meetings where you will learn about developments in international affairs of concern to the people of Western Australia. We rely on membership contributions and sponsorship of special events to keep our association running: we receive no core funding from government.