Melbourne Salon presents an Online Discussion about the Indo-Pacific Region

The next Melbourne Salon , a collaboration between ISFAR (Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations),  RMIT University and  Alliance française de Melbourne, are pleased to announce that their next conference will be held online on Wednesday 17th April 2024 at 5PM – 6PM. Link:

Dr Emmanuelle CRANE and Bernard HAY  will discuss the role of French overseas territories and Indo-Pacific global security, focussing on issues related to the environment and climate change, such as the following:

  • How strategic are Overseas Territories, and in particular Reunion, to the French Indo-Pacific strategy?
  • What are the challenges of a gigantic economic exclusive zone for France (the second largest maritime area in the world), thanks to the overseas territories – notably the French Antarctic Lands (TAAF) and French Polynesia?
  • How do the overseas territories offer innovative solutions in terms of research?

Emmanuelle CRANE is a geopolitical analyst, commentator and specialist on intercultural issues in the defence industry. She consults and advises on international relations, justice and exploring peaceful solutions to conflict. She is particularly focused on the intercultural discourse between Australia and France where she assists governmental departments and companies to harmonise cultural differences. She is a regular trainer of French and foreign officers from the Ecole Militaire in Paris and completed her studies at the Institute for Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN) in the Political Defence session. She lectures at Sciences Po Paris and the University of Paris – St-Germain campus. Emmanuelle is a Lieutenant-Commander (RC) in the French Navy’s Reserve.

Bernard HAY is president of the Think Tank Association Régionale des Auditeurs de l’Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale de l’Océan Indien (AR 27). He holds a Master’s degree in History with International Relations and Defence from the University of Nantes and is currently undertaking an Executive MBA at the École Militaire specialising in security issues. Bernard has lived and worked as a history professor in numerous French overseas territories including French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin and La Réunion.