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New thinking about Australian security
New thinking about Australian security

New thinking about Australian security

In this series of public seminars in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Professor Rory Medcalf will outline the need for fresh thinking and an inclusive approach to national security in the uncertain years ahead, followed by a panel discussion with NSC expert academics.

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Grad Studies Expos
Grad Studies Expos

Grad Studies Expos

Are you coming to the Postgrad Studies Expo in September? Visit our booth in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane for everything you need to know about graduate studies in national security policy.

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From researcher to RAND
From researcher to RAND

From researcher to RAND

When Nathan Ryan arrived in Canberra to study at the ANU after completing his undergraduate degree, he soon learned that cybersecurity was more than just passwords on a laptop - it involved the high politics of nation-states. Now he is heading off to RAND Europe.

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A passion to protect
A passion to protect

A passion to protect

For Georgia Leach, a graduate of the Master of National Security Policy, protecting the security of companies, governments and nations is a serious game.

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Peace dividend or modernisation program?
Peace dividend or modernisation program?

Peace dividend or modernisation program?

China’s commemorations of the 70 anniversary of World War II's end included an announcement that the PLA will shrink by 300,000 personnel. In the New York Times, Professor Medcalf discusses how these reductions may support a modernisation program for the PLA.

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Diplomacy’s changing face
Diplomacy’s changing face

Diplomacy’s changing face

Professor L’Estrange highlights the challenges modern diplomacy faces as it comes to terms with new players and technological change in this article for ASPI's The Strategist.

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China’s  moment of truth in Afghanistan
China’s  moment of truth in Afghanistan

China’s moment of truth in Afghanistan

The complex situation in Afghanistan is putting China’s foreign policy to the test. Is it capable of playing a major power role? Michael Clarke comments in this article for The National Interest.

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Nuclear-armed submarines in the Indo-Pacific: Stabiliser or menace?
Nuclear-armed submarines in the Indo-Pacific: Stabiliser or menace?

Nuclear-armed submarines in the Indo-Pacific: Stabiliser or menace?

Writing for the Lowy Institute Professor Rory Medcalf and Brendan Thomas-Noone examine the implications of sea-based nuclear weapons for strategic stability in the Indo-Pacific.

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The College

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The National Security College is a specialist graduate centre for national security study, research and outreach. We offer executive and professional development courses, graduate and doctoral studies that address security challenges, strategy planning and policy implementation facing Australia, the region and the world.

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News & Events


We regularly invite speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds to present on key issues in national and international security. These public seminars are also filmed and available as vodcasts. Click below for the latest National Security College news, events, publications and media.

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