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The Australian National University

Key Country Briefing

Understanding India

This popular series focuses on an integrated analysis of strategic, economic, political and societal trends in a number of countries which engage vital Australian interests. It is an ideal way to gain or refresh insights into key countries in the Indo-Pacific and globally.

Looking at challenges and opportunities over the next three to five years, the courses examine the countries’ developing characteristics, including the state of the economy, political and social outlooks, defence priorities and aspirations, technical innovation, internal security challenges, strategic objectives, and implications for Australian interests.

You will take a ‘deep dive’ through a series of interactive presentations, syndicate and hypothetical sessions.

Course Scope and Content

This course will focus on:

• India’s developing characteristics, including its economic growth, defence priorities and aspirations, technical innovation and regional and global influence
• India’s challenges including its economic growth model and political and social outlook
• the implications of social and economic change for India’s governance structures
• India’s international objectives and strategies, and
• the implications for Australian public policy priorities.

Who should attend the course?

This course is designed for EL1 – SES Band 2 officers (or equivalent) from all departments and agencies who would benefit from a deeper understanding of India and its implications for Australian public policy and Australian national security interests in particular. 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


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Course Details

This is a one day non‐residential, fully‐catered course.

An ANU parking permit will be supplied.

A fee of $1000 plus GST applies to this course.


"Short, sharp and focussed. The Understanding India course was an ideal opportunity to gain surprisingly deep insights into what makes this country tick and the implications for Australia. Highly recommended - especially for the busy executive."
(2014 Participant)


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