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National Security College ends 2016 on award-winning note

NSC media award“The National Security College went, well, national in November taking some of its experts on the road for a series of successful seminars,” came the announcement as the NSC was declared the co-winner of the Outreach Award for Contribution to the Community at the ANU 2016 Media & Outreach Awards.

The second NSC national ‘roadshow’ greatly expanded last year’s schedule and took our expert panels to the five major state capitals for the dual purpose of extending the national policy impact of the ANU/NSC, and making more prospective students aware of what we have to offer. Our academics proved analytically nimble in responding to the unexpected victory of US President-Elect Donald Trump, by framing the various seminar topics in the light of this global strategic surprise. As a result, attendance numbers well exceeded expectations, culminating with 180 people at the Melbourne event, making this one of the NSC’s largest seminars ever.

The timing and framing of the series led to a surge in interest from local media outlets for comment on the implications for Australia’s security and the regional order. The standout successes in this round of intense commentary were attained by Dr Jennifer Hunt, who was a panelist on the ABC”s QandA program, and Associate Professor Matt Sussex, who was interviewed live by BBC World. Others in our academic team, such as Head of College Professor Rory Medcalf, produced extensive commentary including op-ed articles and in-depth interviews.

The NSC congratulates the other award recipients who have done so much to promote the great work of the Australian National University. Read about them here.