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21
March
2017
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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.

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17
March
2017
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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.

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14
March
2017
Angus Houston

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.

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20
March
2017
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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.

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8
March
2017
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Women and security

Conference convenor Marina Tsirbas expains how this inaugural event will put gender front and centre of security, defence and foreign policy.

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21
February
2017
Angus Houston

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.

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6
February
2017
Satoshi Morimoto

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.

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3
February
2017
Rory Medcalf

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. 

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27
January
2017
Haroro

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.

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21
January
2017
Donlad Trump

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.

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17
January
2017
Greg Treverton

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.

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27
December
2016
michael-clarke

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.

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27
December
2016
Roger Bradbury

#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.

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26
December
2016
Michelle Price

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.   

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23
December
2016
Tim Legrand

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.

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21
December
2016
Anthony Ricketts

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

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20
December
2016
Michael Clarke

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.

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15
December
2016
Jennifer Hunt

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.

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15
December
2016
Rory Medcalf

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.

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14
December
2016
Enkh Orshikh

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.

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7
December
2016
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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.

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30
November
2016
Nikola Pijovic

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.  

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29
November
2016
Jennifer Hunt

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.

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28
November
2016
Nikola Pijovic

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.

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26
November
2016
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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.

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25
November
2016
Enkh Orshikh

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.

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17
November
2016
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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.
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15
November
2016
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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.
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14
November
2016
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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.
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10
November
2016
Rory Medcalf

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.
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10
November
2016
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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.
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8
November
2016
Rory Medcalf

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.
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4
November
2016
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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?

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3
November
2016
Tim Legrand

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.

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2
November
2016
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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.

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31
October
2016
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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.

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30
October
2016
Anthony Bergin

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.

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21
October
2016
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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.

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19
October
2016
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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.

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10
October
2016
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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.

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30
September
2016
Liam Jones

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.

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27
September
2016
Adam Henschke

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. 

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22
September
2016
Tim Legrand

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.

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5
September
2016
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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.

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29
August
2016
Michelle Price

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.

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26
August
2016
Archana Shivhare

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.

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22
August
2016
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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.

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19
August
2016
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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.

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18
August
2016
Andrew Small

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.

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16-17
August
2016
Michael Clarke

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.

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15
August
2016
Michael Clarke

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.

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10
August
2016
Richard Fontaine

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.

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8
August
2016
Richard Fontaine

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

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2
August
2016
Peter Ho

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.

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1
August
2016
Peter Ho

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.

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28
July
2016
Seth Jones

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.

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27
July
2016
Matt Sussex

Soft power sophistication

In this analysis for The Interpreter, Matt Sussex dissects the escalating cold war in cyberspace.

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23
July
2016
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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.

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21
July
2016
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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.

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19
July
2016
Wayne McLean

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.

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17
July
2016
Shannon Ford

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.

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16
July
2016
Brexit

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.

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15
July
2016
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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.

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13
July
2016
Michelle Price

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.

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