Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia

ACT: 2018 ACT Blamey Oration: General John Allen AO (USMC, Retd)

  • 04 Dec 2018
  • 19:00 - 22:00
  • National Gallery of Australia,


Registration is closed

The United Services Institute of the Australian Capital Territory and the Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey Memorial Fund are delighted to announce that the 2018 ACT Blamey Oration will be delivered by General John Allen AO (USMC, Retd). General Allen is the President of the prestigious Brookings Institution and a distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings. He is a former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and US Forces in Afghanistan. In 2014, he was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the International Campaign Against Terrorism as the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan from 18 July 2011 to 10 February 2013.

This special event will be held at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, on Tuesday 4 December 2018 at 1900 for 1930 hours.

The working title for the Oration is American Leadership in the 21st Century.

Registration for this event has now closed, but you can join the wait list or contact Mickey in the office (T: 02 6266 3446; E:

Ticket prices are:

USI/RUSI members: $95/head

Non-members: $145/head

Regrettably, we must also pass on Paypal processing fees of $3/head for members and $4/head for non-members.  If paying by direct debit to our bank account please ensure you include your name and invoice number in the reference when paying.

Ticket prices include pre-dinner canapés and drinks, a three course dinner and wine at the table.

Members please note: spouses, partners and other guests are most welcome, but there is no "first guest at member price" discount for this event; your non-member guests will need to join USI of the ACT to secure the member price or be registered at the non-member price.

We regret that, due to protocols at this venue, we cannot offer refunds for cancellations after 23 November.

Dress for this event is lounge suit.

(Photo & bio: Brookings)

The 2018 ACT Blamey Oration is proudly sponsored by L3 Technologies Group Australia, the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Defence.


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