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The First 100 days of the Trump Administration

Donald Trump

In his first 100 days, President Trump promised decisive action across a number of policies to “make America great again”. The Trump Presidency questions many of Australia’s security policy assumptions including: the US’ role in the regional security order, the legitimacy of international institutions, immigration reform and climate change targets.



Measuring the impact to Australia will not be through the number of tweets or the metres of walls built, but changes to American foreign policy. In this course you will be challenged to critically analyse what has occurred during the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, and the implications for our national security.

Course approach

This intensive and interactive one day course will develop themes through presentations and facilitated discussion. Presenters will have deep expertise and practical experience in relation to the dynamics of change in the United States and the implications for Australian policy. The course will identify, through interactive discussion, the relevant and important issues facing the participants’ departments and agencies in relation to the broad context of the evolving Australia–US relationship.

Course scope and content

This focused professional development course will address:

  • the outcomes of the US elections and the implications for Australia’s national security and the wider region
  • the changing contours of US governance, its economy, its defence strategy, its foreign policy goals and its societal changes that are re-shaping American policy priorities
  • elements of  continuity and change in US ‘grand strategy'
  • new American approaches in defence strategy and alliance burden-sharing
  • the impact of US domestic political and resource constraints.


Who should attend the course?

This course is designed for officers from all departments and agencies who would benefit from a deeper understanding of the dynamics of change shaping US international policy-making and its alliance relationships, especially with Australia. APS5 – SES Band 2 policy officers and equivalents in national security agencies will benefit from this course.

Next date and venue

National Security College

Crawford Building #132a

1 Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University


Course details

  • This is a one day residential, fully-catered course.
  • An ANU parking permit will be supplied.
  • The fee for this course is $1230 (GST exclusive) for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $1480 (GST exclusive). Please contact us for information about becoming an NSC Partner organisation.



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