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Key Country Briefing

United States of America: Implications for Australia post the Obama Administration

With the outcome of the US Presidential Election the world enters a new era. During the campaign, President-Elect Trump outlined his "America-first" strategy, which includes threats to walk away from NATO, a suggestion that Japan and South Korea should have nuclear weapons and that the US would likely scale back the pivot to Asia.

The vital alliance relationship between Australia and the US is of particular interest to policy-makers. This program looks into economic, geopolitical and societal trends over the next 3-5 years in the United States and the intersection with vital Australian interests. The sessions will also address the implications of those trends for Australian public policy priorities and for Australian national security interests in particular.

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

25 - 26 July 2017
National Security College

Crawford Building #132a

1 Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University


Course details

  • This is a two day residential, fully-catered course.
  • 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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Download the course FLYER (PDF).


Absolutely superb course. Excellent presenters and mentors. I found it fascinating and it will be of great benefit to me in my work. I enjoyed the dive into the US mindset and what it means for Australia’s national security development. (2015 participant)



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