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The Stimson Center convened an on the record strategic conversation with the Honorable Joe Hockey, Australia’s Ambassador to the U.S., and Brian Finlay, President and CEO of the Stimson Center. Ambassador Hockey delivered a keynote address on the importance of the U.S.-Australia bilateral relationship, which was followed by a discussion examining transnational issues facing Australia, the U.S., and the international community.
Hon. Joe Hockey, Australian Ambassador to the United States of America
The Honorable Joe Hockey is Australia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, taking up his posting in Washington in January 2016. Hockey has had a long and distinguished career in public service. He first entered Parliament in 1996 as the Member for North Sydney and spent more than seventeen years on the front bench. Hockey served as a Minister in a number of different portfolios including Financial Services, Small Business and Tourism, Human Services and Employment and Workplace Relations. Hockey was appointed Treasurer of the Commonwealth and was responsible for all economic policy including fiscal policy. He served as Chair of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in 2014 and a member of the leadership troika in 2015. As Treasurer he was a regular delegate to IMF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and APEC meetings. Previously Hockey served as a banking and finance lawyer with a major Australian law firm. He graduated from the University of Sydney with Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law.
Brian Finlay, President and CEO, Stimson Center
Brian Finlay is the President and CEO at the Stimson Center. Finlay has served a distinguished career in civil society and is an expert in nonproliferation, transnational crime, counter-trafficking, supply chain security, and private sector engagement. A frequent media commentator, he has authored numerous books, monographs, and reports. Prior to joining Stimson, Finlay served four years as executive director of a Washington-based lobbying initiative focused on counterterrorism issues, a researcher at the Brookings Institution, and a program officer at the Century Foundation. He was a project manager for the Laboratory Center for Disease Control/Health Canada, and worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Finlay holds an M.A. from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, a graduate diploma from the School of Advanced International Studies, the Johns Hopkins University and an honors B.A. from the University of Western Ontario.