ADFA Midshipman Nam Nguyen has returned from the Global Voices Delegation to the Global Security Conference and Shangri-La Dialogue held on April 18-21 this year. Since returning MIDN Nguyen is now looking forward to seeing his research paper on Australian Maritime Contributions to Conflict Prevention in the next (July) edition of the ADF Journal.
“As part of the fellowship I was required to conduct research and think critically about Australia's strategic policy,” stated MIDN Nguyen. “Most importantly it provided me with an opportunity to provide practical recommendations that could one-day have a significant impact in how Australia's Defence policy is formed.”
“I was particularly honoured by the fact that recommendations in my paper were topics that were debated by commentators, analysts, and military personnel at the Shangri-La Dialogue. This helped to affirm in me the importance of education and looking beyond the operational level.”
The opportunity to represent the ADF was made possible through a partnership with Global Voices, a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to empower young Australians on international policy. This is the second year that this partnership has been occurring and has been renewed for a third.
As part of the Global Voices Partnership one uniformed member and one APS member attends, this year those applicants were Midshipman Nam Nguyen and APS Strategic Policy Officer Jack Grieg.
“It was an unexpected honour to be selected as the Australian Defence Force member to be a part of the Global Voices delegation,” said MIDN Nam Nguyen. “I knew the importance of regional dialogues, like Shangri-La, and their impact on the future of Defence policy.”