In October the Perth USAsia Centre and UWA hosted ‘In The Zone: The Blue Zone’ at Beaumonde on the Point in Perth. The event was the latest in a series of strategic forums that began in 2009, with this year’s theme focused on the resources, environment and security of the Indo-Pacific’s maritime realm.

The conference brought together over 350 delegates and more than 35 speakers including experts from Japan, South Korea, Philippines, China, India, Indonesia, the USA and Australia, among them Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon. Julie Bishop, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong, WA Premier the Hon. Mark McGowan and former President of the United Nations General Assembly and former South Korean Prime Minister Dr Han Sueng-soo.

Discussions covered topics including defence, fishing, pollution, modern slavery, marine parks, energy, innovation and aquaculture.