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The Australian National University

Key Country Briefing

Understanding Russia

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

The issues to be addressed will include the following:

  • Russia’s geopolitical trajectory, its defence and energy assets, regional and global influence and state of its economy
  • Russia's poltical and social challenges, including its economy and demography
  • Russia’s political structure, who holds influence in Putin’s Russia, and how are decisions made
  • Russia’s foreign policy role regionally and multilaterally, relations with China, and
  • the implications for Australian public policy priorities.

Who should attend the course?

This course is designed for officers at all levels from all departments and agencies who would benefit from a deeper understanding of Russia and its implications for Australian public policy. APS5 – SES Band 2 policy officers and equivalents in national security agencies will benefit from this course.


Next date and venue

National Security College

Level 3, 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 $1200 plus GST applies to this course.

Updated:  29 March 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Head of College, National Security College/ Page Contact:  Web administrator, National Security College