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Great Powers in the Indo-Pacific

The idea of the ‘Indo-Pacific’ has rapidly emerged as a dominant concept in Australian security, defence and foreign policy in recent years. There remain questions about what precisely it means for Australia’s interests, policy options, capability choices and selection of preferred international partnerships. This course puts the emerging issue and concept of the Indo-Pacific into a worldview shaped around a dynamic, whole-of-government understanding of Australia’s interests and policy opportunities. It identifies the economic, geopolitical and strategic drivers of this new way of understanding Australia’s region, and the opportunities this offers to policymakers.

The course will expose you to the underlying policy debates behind the Indo-Pacific idea, and what it means for Australia’s defence and diplomatic priorities, as well as key relationships, including with China, India, Japan, Indonesia and the United States. You will engage directly with leading experts and policymakers on the Indo-Pacific concept, as well as participate in a hypothetical exercise based on plausible policy dilemmas for Australia involving great power competition in the Indian Ocean.


Course Approach

The program will be delivered as an intensive and interactive one day course. Themes will be developed through presentations, panel debates and moderated discussion, to which all participants will have opportunity to contribute. Presenters will have deep expertise and high-level policy or analytical experience. Proceedings will be protected under the Chatham House Rule to encourage trust and frankness.

The course will identify key conceptual and policy issues, challenges and opportunities facing the participants’ departments and agencies in relation to the evolving Indo-Pacific concept of Australia’s region, including what this may mean for key international relationships, strategic challenges and priorities for the national security community. This will be informed by consideration of the intersecting security, geopolitical and economic factors driving change in Australia’s regional landscape.

Who Should Attend the Course?

This course is suited for officers at any level from all departments and agencies who would benefit from a deeper understanding of the dynamics shaping the Indo-Pacific and implications for Australia.


Next date and venue

27 - 28 June 2017
National Security College
Crawford Building #132
1 Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University


Program Details

  • This is a one day non-residential, fully-catered program.
  • An ANU parking permit will be supplied.
  • The fee for this course is $2,110 (GST exclusive) for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $2,550 (GST exclusive). Please contact us for information about becoming an NSC Partner organisation.



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