A life in foreign affairs: meet Dr. Claude Rakisits

Thu. November 30, 6:30PM

A life in foreign affairs: meet Dr. Claude Rakisits

Join us for an insightful conversation with Dr. Claude Rakisits as he gives us his insider’s take and expertise on the intricacies of international relations in South Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region.

Few people can boast such in-depth knowledge in political and strategic issues of the Indo-Pacific region as Dr. Claude Rakisits can.

Over the years, he has developed the ability to bridge the gap between theory and practice through his 20 years’ experience in the Australian Public Service and his Academic career studying foreign affairs, geopolitical developments, and diplomacy.

In a conversation with Leo Cendrowicz, Editor in chief of The Brussels Times Magazine, Dr. Claude Rakisits will share his experience and expertise drawn from 40 years studying and analysing International Relations in the Middle East, South and Central Asia as well as Africa.


Claude Rakisits

Claude Rakisits was born in the Belgian Congo and lived in Brussels for the first eight years of his life. For the next five years, he lived in Switzerland, Ireland, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. In 1976 he went to Simon Fraser University in Vancouver where he did his B.A. (Honours) in international relations. In July 1982, he arrived in Brisbane to do a PhD at the University of Queensland. He worked for 20 years in the Australian public service, principally in foreign affairs, defence and intelligence before returning to academia in 2006. He has been the academic adviser at Australia's War College in Canberra and when in Washington DC with his wife (an Australian diplomat), he taught at Georgetown University and was a senior visiting fellow at the Atlantic Council. He is a visiting fellow at the VUB's Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy. He has recently finished writing a fictionalised autobiography. He also writes short stories. He's working on a novella set in Australia and Canada.


Leo Cendrowicz

Leo Cendrowicz is Brussels correspondent for the i and editor of the Brussels Times Magazine.
Thu. November 30, 6:30PM
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Thu. November 30, 6:30PM
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Thu. November 30, 7:00PM
Thu. November 30, 8:00PM