News and events
Former US Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper to join ANU National Security College
One of the world’s most respected figures in intelligence and security will join The Australian National University (ANU) as visiting Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor.
Women and National Security Conference
The College is proud to lead debate in the field with this important, high level event which will put gender front and centre in the development and implementation of security and foreign policy. Register now for 4-5 April.
Enrolments are now open for Semester 2 Graduate Studies
Apply now and develop a unique, in-depth understanding of the security challenges that confront countries in our region and the world.
PUBLIC SEMINAR. Information wars: the fine art of mass manipulation in the digital age
Is information benign, a political weapon or the first casualty of the post-truth era? Members of our academic team join in lunchtime conversation with the COO of the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network to discuss the uniqueness of contemporary information wars. Register for 20 March.
Women and security
Conference convenor Marina Tsirbas expains how this inaugural event will put gender front and centre of security, defence and foreign policy.
The future of the US alliance
NSC Visiting Fellow Sir Angus Houston and Head of College Rory Medcalf explore this critically important issue in the Australian Financial Review ahead of a joint appearance at the National Press Club.
Video interviews: Australia-Japan-US cooperation conference
Recorded on the sidelines of the conference, this series of conversations between top speakers and regional security experts focused on the challenges and opportunities facing the two key Indo-Pacific alliances.
The Trump call
Senior College academics have provided comment to major American media outlets on the implications of the leaked telephone conversation between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and President Donald Trump for Australia-US relations.
Putting faces and context to the war on terror
Dr Haroro Ingram is no ordinary terrorism specialist. With a varied background in national security roles, and having done extensive overseas fieldwork with former activists and fighters from Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya and Syria, he brings a special depth of understanding to his teaching and research.
New publication! College launches inaugural Policy Options Paper
The Trump Presidency and Australia’s security: don’t panic, don’t relax is the first in our new policy options paper series, which will offer short, evidence-based and forward-looking insights for policy makers on topical security, foreign affairs and geostrategic issues facing Australia.
US Global Trends report examines global paradoxes
The College is pleased to have contributed to the latest edition of the US National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends report: Paradox of Progress.
China's Afghanistan dilemma
China’s approach to Afghanistan has been shaped by the desire for security in Xinjiang and for geopolitical advantage in Central Asia, but there remains a fundamental incompatibility with US interests. Michael Clarke explains in Australian Outlook.
#Censusfail far worse than a bureaucratic bungle
The linking of a personal ID to other information makes census data a goldmine for hacking by foreign powers and malicious agents, warns Roger Bradbury in The Australian.
360° cyber security game – first impressions
The policy implications of Australia’s first cyber game, organised by the College and RAND, are already starting to emerge, says Michelle Price in The Canberra Times.
The ritual of banning terrorist organisations
With 85 organisations banned in the past 16 years, the British parliament has developed a predictable pattern, argue Tim Legrand and Lee Jervis in this LSE blog post.
Trump and the Jacksonian tradition in American foreign policy
Michael Clarke and Anthony Ricketts outline the latest findings from their research into the impact of political tradition on American foreign policy, in this article for Orbis.
Crackdown in Xinjiang province
In this analysis for Policy Forum, Michael Clarke explains how China’s repressive policies towards the Uighurs are leading to a self-fulfilling terrorist response.
Weighing up Trump’s Secretary of State nominee
Running a quasi-state like ExxonMobil is not quite the same as running the US State Department. Our energy expert Jennifer Hunt explains in Australian Outlook.
National Security College ends 2016 on award-winning note
The NSC has been declared the co-winner of Outreach Award for Contribution to the Community at the ANU 2016 Media & Outreach Awards.
Congratulations Class of 2016!
Mongolian national Enkh-Orshikh was one 16 students graduating with the Master of National Security Policy from the Australian National University.
Cyber game to prepare Australia for future challenges
More than 90 influential stakeholders across government, business and academia will take part in Australia’s first cyber security game to help prepare the country for the online challenges of the future and reduce the A$17 billion lost to cybercrime each year.
How Trump will test international relations theory
Will the realists or the constructivists be proved right? PhD scholar Nikola Pijovic says the President-elect’s foreign policy is set to test the value of international relations theory in Policy Forum.
Award-winning doctor joins National Security College
Dr Jennifer Hunt describes the NSC's program as unique, flexible and demanding. Her doctoral thesis on energy security was awarded an Honourable Mention in the Australian Political Studies Association’s PhD Thesis Prize.
Doctoral scholar probes Australian Africa policy
National Security College PhD student Nikola Pijovic is reaping the rewards of three-and-a-half years of hard work. He will be submitting his thesis soon on Australia’s foreign policy engagement with Africa.
Graduate Studies Information Evening
The National Security College invites you to join us for our next graduate studies information session. The academic team will be on hand to outline our courses, explain the options and provide you with tailored advice. Register now for 30 November.
Mongolia to Master of National Security
When Mongolian national Enkh-Orshikh was looking to pursue postgraduate studies in Australia, he says the Master of National Security Policy at ANU was an obvious choice.
NATIONAL SEMINAR SERIES (Melbourne): Beyond the US Election: Promises and perils
A complex regional order marked by increased major power contestation is crystallising as a significant challenge in Australia’s strategic domain. With the policy and posture of the United States central to any eventual outcome, this panel discussion asks what the election of the new US President means for Australian foreign and security policy.
NATIONAL SEMINAR SERIES (Brisbane): The New Strategic Landscape: Washington, Beijing, Moscow and beyond
A complex regional order marked by increased major power contestation is crystallising as a significant challenge in Australia’s strategic domain. Join us for a discussion on the impact of the new Presidency for major power relations and the effects on Australia’s national security and strategic outlook.
Trump v Clinton: Lessons in the aftermath of campaign 2016
Regardless of whether we face a Trump or Clinton Whitehouse on November 9th, the campaign itself has exposed, unleashed and challenged a whole set of political behaviours that pose deep questions for policy and national security. join us for a public forum where our panel of NSC experts will offer insights into what the Trump v Clinton campaign means for the future.
We must be prepared to defend fragile democracy
For Australia, the 2016 US presidential election is a bad dream come true, writes Rory Medcalf in the Australian Financial Review.
NATIONAL SEMINAR SERIES (Perth): Protecting Australia's Cyber and Maritime Lifelines
In a globalised world, no island is an island. Supply line security is critical to Australia’s strategic interests, our quality of life and our prosperity. In this seminar, Professor Rory Medcalf, Professor Anne-Marie Grisogono and Dr Adam Henschke discuss how we can best protect Australia’s cyber and maritime lifelines.
NATIONAL SEMINAR SERIES (Adelaide): Protecting Australia's Cyber and Maritime Lifelines
In a globalised world, no island is an island. Supply line security is critical to Australia’s strategic interests, our quality of life and our prosperity. In this seminar,Professor Rory Medcalf, Dr Tim Legrand and Professor Anne-Marie Grisogono discuss how we can best protect Australia’s cyber and maritime lifelines.
NATIONAL SEMINAR SERIES (Sydney): Beyond the US Election: Promises and perils
A complex regional order marked by increased major power contestation is crystallising as a significant challenge in Australia’s strategic domain. With the policy and posture of the US central to any eventual outcome, this panel discussion asks what the election of the new US President means for Australian foreign and security policy?
Weakest links: cyber governance and the threat to mid-sized enterprises
In this new research published in partnership with Macquarie Telecom, the NSC’s Dr Tim Legrand examines the vulnerabilities of medium-sized organisations to cyber threats – an overlooked but high risk aspect of national cyber security.
BOOK LAUNCH AND PANEL DISCUSSION: Indo-Pacific Maritime Security: Challenges and Cooperation
To mark the release of the book, His Excellency Sumio Kusaka, Japanese Ambassador to Australia, will give an address followed by a panel discussion with Professor Rory Medcalf, Dr David Brewster and Dr Jennifer Moroney from the RAND Corporation.
Multilateral and multi-talented
Ecuadorian career diplomat Daniela Garcia is only two-thirds of the way through her Canberra posting, but she is already onto her second graduate degree: the Master of National Security Policy (Advanced) at the National Security College.
Dr Anthony Bergin joins the NSC
Dr Anthony Bergin, a leading figure in Canberra’s security analysis community, has been appointed a Senior Research Fellow by the National Security College.
Blending business and trade with national security study
When Master of National Security Policy student Patricia Dias joined the NSC, it was the start of a significant career change.
Roundtable discussion with Sri Lankan Minister for Defence
On 11 October 2016 the National Security College was honoured to host a lunch roundtable discussion with the Sri Lankan State Minister for Defence, Hon Mr Ruwan Wijewardene.
CONFERENCE: India and China at Sea: Competition and Coexistence in the Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain
This conference brought together leading experts from India, China and Australia to discuss the potential for cooperation, coexistance, competiton and confrontation between India and Chinain the Indo-Pacific maritime domain.
Policy adviser seeks new heights with security degree
For Liam Jones, the Masters of National Security Policy was a natural stepping-stone towards a career in policymaking.
Public seminar. Australia in the age of terror: Responding to the threat
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific experts in international affairs, political ethics and security governance explored how Australia should respond to the multi-faceted threats arising from globalised terrorism – international and domestic, political and societal.
PhD Information Evening
The information evening was an opportunity for aspiring PhD candidates to meet and hear from College researchers, including Professor Rory Medcalf and current doctoral scholars.
Foreign political donations in spotlight
There's an important ‘teachable moment’ about Chinese influence in the Dastyari affair, writes Rory Medcalf in the Australian Financial Review.
Australia’s cyber security status – pass or fail?
The chief architect of Australia’s cyber security strategy and now our senior adviser, Michelle Price, speaks to ABC radio on why Australia must do better on this critical issue.
Gujarat police inspector to hone cyber skills
Meet Dr Archana Shivhare, Deputy Inspector General of Police in the Indian state of Gujarat, who is focusing her NSC studies on cyber security with the aim of reforming policy in her home state.
Australia, India and the United States: The Challenge of Forging new Alignments in the Indo-Pacific
In this report for the US Studies Centre, Senior Research Fellow Dr David Brewster argues that Australia should lead in creating a strong strategic partnership with India.
New professional development guide
See the latest executive and professional course details, upcoming dates and presenter profiles in this up-to-date guide. Access the e-book or download it here.
The China-Pakistan axis: Asia’s new geopolitics
In this public seminar, Andrew Small from the German Marshall Fund explained the ramifications of Sino-Pakistani ties for the West, for India, for Afghanistan and for Asia as a whole.
CONFERENCE: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in China - Domestic and Foreign Policy Dimensions
This two day conference brings together some of the leading Western and Chinese experts on China’s problems with, and policies to combat, terrorism. Participants will provide the first systematic, scholarly examination of China’s approaches to terrorism and counter-terrorism.
How the Chinese state instrumentalises terrorism
The threat of terrorism in Xinjiang has been used nation-wide to assist the communist party to maintain “stability”, writes Michael Clarke in the openDemocracy forum.
Indo-Pacific Maritime Security: Challenges and Cooperation
This new compendium of essays, edited by Dr David Brewster, provides the latest analysis on security issues in the Indo-Pacific by leading thinkers from Australia, Japan, China and beyond.
US foreign policy under the next presidency
In this public seminar, Richard Fontaine from the Centre for a New American Security will provide his views on how either a Democratic or Republican administration will tackle the foreign policy challenges of the post-Obama United States
Singapore eyes the future
The College recently hosted Mr Peter Ho, Senior Advisor to Singapore’s Centre for Strategic Futures in the Prime Minister’s Office, for a discussion on strategic futures and the national security outlook for Singapore and Australia.
Erdoganism: Why Turkey is leaving the West
NSC PhD scholar Wayne McLean explains the intricacies of Turkish politics in the post attempted coup era in ASPI’s The Strategist.
Waging insurgent warfare: lessons from the Islamic State
In this public seminar, RAND's Dr Seth G Jones offered new insights into the dynamics of insurgent groups, weaving together examples from recent history to identify the factors that contribute to the rise of insurgencies, the key components involved and the elements that contribute to their end.
Soft power sophistication
In this analysis for The Interpreter, Matt Sussex dissects the escalating cold war in cyberspace.
India and China at Sea: A Contest of Status and Legitimacy in the Indian Ocean
The 22nd edition of the Asia Policy journal, co-edited by the National Security College, features a special roundtable discussion on Indian and Chinese perspectives about their respective roles and relationships in the Indo-Pacific maritime domain.
Young Indian MPs discuss bilateral ties
Recently the National Security College was pleased to host a delegation of emerging Indian political leaders to discuss the Australia-India bilateral relationship, defence policy and strategic perspectives on the Indo-Pacific region.
Attempted coup a win win win for Erdogan
It is hard to imagine a better short-term outcome for the president from Turkey’s aborted coup, writes Wayne McLean in The Interpreter.
To serve and to shoot
Shannon Ford, NSC Phd candidate, looks at the implications of the growing militarisation of American police forces, in this article for the Quartz news outlet.
Brexit symbolises era of uncertainty
European affairs specialists attempted to make sense of the Brexit referendum decision at a recent forum jointly organised by the ANU National Security College and the ANU Centre for European Studies.
Ruling over China’s arbitrary actions
The NSC’s Marina Tsirbas, Derek Lundy and Rory Medcalf discuss various aspects of Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea and the recent international tribunal ruling on some of the disputes.
Australia well-poised for cyberspace opportunities
Michelle Price argues that failing to engage with the breadth and depth of cybersecurity will have impacts for economic growth, social prosperity and national security, in this article for Policy Forum.