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30
June
2016
Matthew Sussex

Russians hone mastery of propaganda

In this analysis for The Interpreter, Matthew Sussex looks at increasing sophistry in the exercise of soft power in the digital age.

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30
June
2016
Sarah Percy

Brexit: Political and Security Implications

In this public seminar, Dr Annmarie Elijah, Associate Professor Matt Sussex and Dr Adam Henschke wil outline their initial perspectives on the UK's dramatic and unexpected vote to leave the European Union.

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29
June
2016
Gregory Treverton

Roundtable with Dr Gregory Treverton, Chairman of the United States’ National Intelligence Council

On Wednesday 22 June, the National Security College hosted the Chairman of the United States’ National Intelligence Council, Dr Gregory Treverton, for an exclusive discussion on future global trends and the strategic outlook for the United States and Australia.

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26
June
2016
Michael Clarke

India and Pakistan join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

What does the entry of the two nuclear rivals mean for the significance of the Eurasian power grouping? Michael Clarke explains on ABC Radio National.

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24
June
2016
Unhan course

Growing engagement with Indonesia

The NSC has delivered its first five-day strategy and security training program to the Indonesian Defence University (Unhan), sponsored by the Australian Department of Defence.

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23
June
2016
Anthony Ricketts

The world according to Trump

In this analysis for The Strategist, Anthony Ricketts and Michael Clarke explain how Donald Trump picks up on the Jacksonian tradition in American foreign policy.

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22
June
2016
Australian India Policy Forum

Australia-India Policy Forum 2016

The ANU National Security College and the Observer Research Foundation have set up a dialogue to advance strategic relations between Australia and India. Read the outcomes statement here.

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21
June
2016
NSC

New staff to bolster capacity in key security areas

In July, the NSC will welcome aboard Dr Leah Farrall as a Senior Lecturer in National Security and Dr Jennifer Hunt as a Lecturer in National Security, bringing additional expertise on the Middle East, terrorism, energy security and US politics.

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19
June
2016
Michelle Price

‘One Belt, One Road’ and China’s emerging Afghanistan dilemma

In this article in the Australian Journal of International Affairs, Michael Clarke shows that the geopolitical calculus of China’s strategy points to a fundamental incompatibility between US and Chinese interests in Eurasia.

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15
June
2016
Michelle Price

Welcome Michelle Price - Senior Adviser, Cyber Security

Michelle joins us on secondment from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and will play a major role in leading and coordinating the NSC's expanding range of work related to cyber security.

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14
June
2016
ANU student

National Security Studies Information Evening

The academic team will be on hand to outline our courses, explain the options and provide you with tailored advice. We'll work with you to explore which degree and combination of courses best suits your needs. Register now for 14 June.

Register here

11
June
2016
Rory Medcalf

Navigating security at the Shangri-La Dialogue

In this interview for the ABC’s Radio National, Rory Medcalf discusses the clash of perspectives presented by the US and China at the region’s most important defence and security conference.

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9
June
2016
Michael Clarke

China’s war on terror

China’s efforts to link Uighur separatists with Islamic State are as much about maintaining the security of the one party state as they are about combating terrorism. Michael Clarke surveys the state of play for CNN.

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7
June
2016
Rory Medcalf

Missing in action in critical South China Sea debate

Canberra has missed an important chance to sell our defence white paper and shape the region's most important discussion, writes Rory Medcalf in The Australian Financial Review.

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3
June
2016
Ric Smith

China's nine dash line in the South China Sea

There are important differences between claiming sovereignty, jurisdiction and so called ‘historical rights’, and China would do well to clarify its intentions. Marina Tsirbas explains in this analysis for The Diplomat.

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31
May
2016
Ric Smith

Forgotten Friends: Australia, India and the independence of Bangladesh

In this working paper, former Australian Defence Secretary Ric Smith previews his research into the unsung role of independent Australian diplomacy and Australia-India cooperation during the 1971 conflict and crisis that led to the birth of Bangladesh.

Read the paper

27
May
2016
election forum

Welcome PhD scholar Jamie Storrie

Jamie is a crisis and disaster management specialist and joins us from Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

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24
May
2016
election forum

2016 Federal Election Fourm - Security and Foreign Affairs

Watch Professor Rory Medcalf, Professor Michael Wesley and Dr Jill Sheppard discuss Australia's foreign policies in the context of the federal election.

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24
May
2016
Rory Medcalf

Strategy not short-termism

The Head of the National Security College has called on the nation’s political parties to develop strategic, long term policies which address Australia’s growing horizon of risk.

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17
May
2016
Sarah Percy

Public seminar: Countering piracy - lessons for multinational military cooperation

In this public seminar, NSC Visiting Fellow Associate Professor Sarah Percy assesses how navies have successfully cooperated in countering piracy and whether this might be applied to other maritime security settings.

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13
May
2016
Wayne McLean

President vs PM in Turkey

In the tussle for power in Turkey, President President Recip Tayyip Erdogan appears to have won, writes Wayne McLean in The Interpreter.

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12
May
2016
Bernard Rogel

French Chief of Naval Staff visits National Security College

The National Security College at ANU was privileged to host a visit recently by the French Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Bernard Rogel, on 12 May.

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6
May
2016
David Brewster

India and the Persian Gulf: Locked out or staying out?

Dr David Brewster explores the constraints that have long kept India from playing an active security role in the Persian Gulf region and asks whether it will be able to overcome them. Read the journal article in Comparative Strategy.

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3
May
2016
Peter Baxter

Alumni seminar: 2016 Defence White Paper

We invite senior alumni of NSC Executive and Professional Development courses for a discussion on the White Paper with one if its principal architects: Mr Peter Baxter, Deputy Secretary at the Department of Defence.

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30
April
2016
helicopters

China’s ‘passive assertive’ strategy complicates maritime security

Authors Rory Medcalf and Ashley Townshend outline the findings of their new Lowy Institute report in this article for The Australian.

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29
April
2016
Ashley Townshend

Public seminar: Shifting Waters - China’s new passive assertiveness in Asian Maritime Security

In this public seminar, Professor Rory Medcalf and Ashley Townshend discuss their new Lowy Institute report, which argues that China's 'passive assertiveness' is challenging regional maritime security. They are joined by Dr Euan Graham as a discussant.

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28
April
2016
submarine

Australia’s $50 billion deterrent

In this interview for News Ltd, Rory Medcalf argues that regionally superior submarines are a safe bet as a credible deterrent for the foreseeable future.

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27
April
2016
cyberspace

Cyber Security Strategy reviewed

In this post for The Interpreter, NSC PhD scholar Anna Stuparu takes a critical look at the government’s new Cyber Security Strategy.

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22
April
2016
Brett MacDonald

Welcome to Brett Macdonald

Brett Joins us as Manager of Course Developent and Delivery in the Executive and Professional Development team, on secondment from the Australian Federal Police.

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18
April
2016
Rory Medcalf

Avoiding the issue

Rory Medcalf argues that leaving tensions with China unresolved is in nobody’s interest, in this opinion article for the Australian Financial Review.

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16
April
2016
Marina Tsirbas

South China Sea fisheries crisis looms

In this Fairfax opinion piece, Marina Tsirbas explains the economic, environmental and security implications of rapidly depleting fish stocks in the South China Sea.

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31
March
2016
Barack Obama and troops

Obama, the military and just war theory

NSC doctoral candidate Shannon Ford looks at the Obama Doctrine through an ethical lens, in this post for the Lowy Interpreter.

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28
March
2016
Computer code

Binary Bullets: The Ethics of Cyberwarfare

This new book, co-edited by the NSC’s Dr Adam Henschke, explores a wide array of ethical issues surrounding the advent of cyberwarfare.

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22
March
2016
Sarah Percy

New Visiting Fellow

Associate Professor Sarah Percy, an expert on unconventional combatants and security threats at the University of Queensland, joins the NSC as our newest Visiting Fellow.

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17
March
2016
James Clapper

Roundtable with James Clapper, United States Director of National Intelligence

On Thursday 17 March, the National Security College hosted the United States’ Director of National Intelligence, Mr James Clapper AO, for an exclusive roundtable discussion on intelligence and strategic issues.

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16
March
2016
maritime security logo

Indo-Pacific Maritime Security Conference

Leading experts and policy makers on maritime security from Australia, Japan, the United States, Indonesia, China and India have gathered discuss challenges for the Indo-Pacific region at a conference organised by the ANU National Security College on 16-17 March.

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15
March
2016
Michael Clarke

Cracks in China’s New Silk Road

In this University of Nottingham blog post, Michael Clarke assesses the multi-layered security challenges facing China’s ‘One Belt, One Road Initiative’.

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11
March
2016
Sari Sutton

Welcome to Sari Sutton

Sari joins our executive and professional development team as a Manager of Course Development and Delivery, on secondment from the Department of Defence.

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10
March
2016
David Brewster

China’s relations with South Asia – latest trends

See NSC Senior Research Fellow Dr David Brewster’s testimony to the US Congress’ U.S-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

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7
March
2016
Afghan soldier

China in Afghanistan: Navigating a 'Terrain of Hazards' in Search of Geopolitical Opportunity?

Michael Clarke looks at Chinese foreign policy a new book: Afghanistan and its Neighbors after the NATO Withdrawal.

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3
March
2016
Raisina Dialogue

India’s inaugural Raisina Dialogue

NSC delegates recently attended the Raisina Dialogue, India’s first multi-lateral flagship conference of geopolitics and geo-economics.

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1
March
2016
connected world

Positions vacant - three new academic roles available

The NSC is currently looking for new staff with experience in security research and teaching for our expanding academic team at levels B to D, Lecturer to Associate Professor. Find out more and apply by 28 March 2016.

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25
February
2016
Michael L'Estrange

The role of diplomacy in a changing international order

Professor Michael L’Estrange assesses the necessary transformation of diplomatic practice in an increasingly complex world, in this podcast interview at the King’s College London.

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21
February
2016
Michael Clarke

Beijing's March West: Opportunities and Challenges for China's Eurasian Pivot

In this article for Orbis, Michael Clarke identifies the motives for and obstacles to China's ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy in Central Asia.

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15-19
February
2016
cyberspace

Securing our Future in Cyberspace

The NSC presents a major cybersecurity conference, bringing together our international research program partners and leading experts from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Watch videos of the public events here.

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9
February
2016
Ana Stuparu

Welcome Ana Stuparu - cyber security scholar

Ana joins the NSC as a PhD student investigating global cyber governance and is a valuable addition to our growing cyberspace research program.

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3
February
2016
Ian Bond

Trouble-maker or peace-maker? Russia’s role in the Middle East and Asia

In this public seminar, Dr Ian Bond will consider the drivers behind these different faces of Russian foreign policy in the light of Russia’s new National Security Strategy. Register now for 3 February.

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27
January
2016
Asia Policy journal

National Security College joins Asia Policy consortium

The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific has become a partner in the Asia Policy journal, and the NSC is the first CAP centre to take a position on the journal’s editorial committee for 2016.

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20
January
2016
Australian Submarine

Promoting a rules-based order

In light of Chinese actions in the South China Sea, the NSC’s Marina Tsirbas and Leszek Buszynski make the case for enforcing international law and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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19
January
2016
Ian Bond

Welcome to Ben Zweibelson

After 22 years with the US Army, orgnisational design theorist Ben Zweibelson joins the NSC as our newest doctoral candidate.

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9
January
2016
Ian Bond

A deadly signal

Domestic imperatives drove the Saudi decision to execute dozens of prisoners across the country, says Rodger Shanahan in this opinion for The Australian.

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7
January
2016
David Brewster

Welcome Dr David Brewster

David Brewster, one of Australia’s leading academic experts on strategy and security in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region is now a Senior Research Fellow with the NSC.

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4
January
2016
Rodger Shanahan

Iran’s great stake

Countries in the region have a far greater stake than the West in the outcomes of conflicts in Syria and the broader Middle East, argues Rodger Shanahan in The Australian.

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30
December
2015
Michael Clarke

China’s war on terror

The country’s tough new anti-terrorism legislation could yet prove counter-productive, says Michael Clarke in this opinion for CNN.

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24
December
2015
Indonesia visit

Stregthening ties with Indonesia

In the week of 14-18 December, a senior team from the National Security College (NSC) held discussions in Jakarta to build training, education and policy partnerships with a range of Indonesian institutions and agencies.

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23
December
2015
Marguerite Robb

The Class of 2015

The National Security College congratulates and celebrates the hard work and achievements of our 2015 graduates.

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22
December
2015
Sachin Pilot

First, do no meddling

As an international power with increasing reach, can China continue to be anti-interventionist in critical regions such as the Middle East? Michael Clarke considers the issue in The National Interest.

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22
December
2015
Sachin Pilot

Visit by Mr Sachin Pilot

The National Security College recently hosted a roundtable discussion with the President of the Rajasthan State Unit of the Indian Congress Party, Mr Sachin Pilot.

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17
December
2015
Michael Clarke

Inside Xinjiang: Space, Place and Power in China's Muslim Far North-West

Michael Clarke’s co-edited book explores the social, economic and political terrains of China’s increasingly violent and strategically important Xinjiang province. Now available from Routledge.

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15
December
2015
Tim Legrand

Legislating for Otherness: Proscription powers and parliamentary discourse

Tim Legrand and Lee Jarvis analyse the UK parliamentary debate on the proscription of terrorist organisations between 2002 and 2014, in this article for the Review of International Studies.

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11
December
2015
Leszek Buszynski

Glimmer of hope for Korean conflict

With stalemate on the Korean peninsula, increasing economic integration may be the only path out the state of conflict between the two countries, writes Leszek Buszynski in Australian Outlook.

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10
December
2015
Nikola Pijovic

Lessons from Somalia’s Al-Shabaab in fight against Daesh

Nikola Pijovic compares the two extremist insurgencies in East Africa and the Middle East, in this opinion for The Strategist.

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7
December
2015
Russian crest

Dilemmas abound as China looks west

As the US draws down, China faces major headaches in implementing its ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy with the nations to its west. Michael Clarke analyses the situation for The Jamestown Foundation.

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7
December
2015
Russian crest

Russia tilts to the East

As America pivots to the world’s new centre of economic and geopolitical gravity, Russia is making a similar rebalance. In a new Analysis for The Lowy Institute, Matt Sussex explains why this is crucial for the country’s future.

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26
November
2015
Trevor Findlay

Dr Trevor Findlay
Proliferation Alert! The International Atomic Energy Agency and Non-Compliance Reporting

Dr Trevor Findlay will present the findings of his two-year research project on how the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) deals with cases of non-compliance with nuclear safeguards, prepared for Harvard University.

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25
November
2015
Tim Legrand

M for moderation

Malcolm Turnbull has emphasised moderation, multiculturalism, unity and deradicalisation in a refreshed approach to national security and terrorism. Tim Legrand explains why this is a positive step, in ABC Online’s The Drum.

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25
November
2015
Rodger Shanahan

Brinkmanship on the Syrian border

Why did Turkey shoot down a Russian bomber aircraft? Rodger Shanahan joins the debate on ABC radio.

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25
November
2015
world map

National Security Studies Information Evening

The academic team will outline our courses, explain the options and provide you with tailored advice. We'll work with you to explore which degree and combination of courses best suits your needs. Register now for 25 November.

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20
November
2015
Rory Medcalf

A premium on partnerships

Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull is using the G20, APEC and the East Asia Summit to find the building blocks of a new foreign and security policy for Australia, writes Rory Medcalf in the Australian Financial Review.

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20
November
2015
Roger Shanahan

Who would replace Assad?

There is not yet any viable alternative to the Assad regime in Syria, which maintains a functioning state apparatus, argues Roger Shanahan in The Australian.

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18
November
2015
Hannah Dawson

Crawford School Postgraduate Studies Information Session

Join us at the Crawford postgraduate studies information session and we’ll work with you to explore which degree best suits your needs and provide you with tailored course advice to commence your studies in February 2016.

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13
November
2015
Jessica Fortune

Proud identity

Jessica Fortune, a Noongar woman from Perth, has won the the ANU National Security College Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

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12
November
2015
Rory Medcalf

Public lecture — Defining an Indo-Pacific Strategy for Australia

Professor Rory Medcalf speaks at the Perth USAsia Centre, University of Western Australia, on Thursday 12 November.

Listen to podcast

9
November
2015
Marina Tsirbas

Less laws, more grassroots work needed

The government’s communications strategy around home grown terrorism needs to focus on de-radicalisation, not ever harsher laws that further marginalise Muslim youth. Anthony Ricketts comments in the Huffington Post.

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6
November
2015
Marina Tsirbas

Upholding the freedom to navigate

Legally speaking, you can’t create your own island. Our international law expert Marina Tsirbas explains in Policy Forum why there is nothing exceptional about the US sailing in the South China Sea.

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5
November
2015
Naoyuki Agawa

Professor Naoyuki Agawa
Understanding Japan’s new security policy: constitutional and historical perspectives

Will Japan’s new security laws enable it to play a more active and constructive role in the Indo-Pacific region? In this seminar, Professor Naoyuki Agawa will explain the context for the laws, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stated policy of “proactively contributing” to peace.

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3
November
2015
Roger Shanahan

Looking for leadership in the Arab Middle East

In this Lowy Institute report, Rodger Shanahan analyses the Arab states’ strategy of containing Iran as the United States steps back from the region.

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2
November
2015
Helipcopters

The new game in the South China Sea

NSC experts Rory Medcalf and Leszek Buszynski comment on the latest developments.

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30
October
2015
Nikola Pijovic

Bipartisanship shown on next UN Security Council bid

The bid won’t yield an outcome until 2029, but there are encouraging signs that Australia’s major parties largely agree on the fundamentals of our foreign policy. Nikola Pijovic looks beyond the political cycle in Australian Outlook.

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27
October
2015
Rory Medcalf

Public lecture — The Indo-Pacific: Whose Region, Whose Strategy?

Professor Rory Medcalf speaks at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India on Tuesday 27 October.

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26
October
2015
Rodger Shanahan

Islamic radicalisation not going away

Against the wishes of security planners, religiously motivated terrorism will remain as a key threat to Australia for the foreseeable future, argues Roger Shanahan in Fairfax online.

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20
October
2015
Jakub Kulhanek

Czech minister visits

In partnership with the Centre for European Studies, the NSC hosted a roundtable discussion with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Security and Multilateral Issues of the Czech Republic, Jakub Kulhanek.

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19
October
2015
Interconnected World

Secondment opportunities at the NSC

The NSC is seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified APS officers for secondments to five separate positions for up to two years.

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16
October
2015
Michael L'Estrange

Competitive advantage in international policymaking: the value of trend and futures research

NSC Working Paper No 3, by Professor Michael L’Estrange, in now available for comment

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15
October
2015
Hannah Dawson

ANU Graduate Studies Information Evening

The ANU has recently been ranked as one of the world's top 20 universities. Discuss your options with our staff in the Expo Hall or listen to the presentation on the range of postgraduate qualifications in public policy available at Crawford School. 4 - 7pm, Thursday 15 October.

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13
October
2015
stamps

Proscription, al Qaeda, and the Islamic State

Tim Legrand and Lee Jarvis map out the legal intricacies of outlawing Islamic State in the United Kingdom

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12
October
2015
Michael Clarke

Neutral ground

Does Afghanistan present a real opportunity for foreign policy cooperation between the United States and China? Michael Clarke asks in The National Interest.

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9
October
2015
Syrian flag

Syrian quaqmire deepens

The Middle East is yet again becoming a great power playing field. Michael Clarke, Rodger Shanahan and Anthony Ricketts assess US strategy in the region.

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8
October
2015
Marina Tsirbas

Protecting the public interest

Australia seems to have accomplished most of what it set out to achieve from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, argues NSC Senior Executive Advisor Marina Tsirbas in this opinion for Policy Forum.

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18
September
2015
Adam Henschke

Facial recognition software should raise eyebrows

Our faces identify us and represent us to others - some think they are fair game for digital surveillance. In this article for The Ethics Centre, Adam Henschke asks if there is something creepy about this.

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18
September
2015
trade lines

New thinking about Australian security.

Professor Rory Medcalf's speech, delivered in Brisbane on 18 September 2015, outlines the need for fresh thinking and an inclusive approach to national security in the uncertain years ahead.

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Watch the video here

11
September
2015
Connected World

Defending our interests and a rules-based international order

Taking in Syrian refugees is one big reminder of Australia's commitment to global order in a post-9/11 world writes Professor Medcalf in the Australian Financial Review.

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18

September
2015
Rory Medcalf

New thinking about Australian security

In this series of public seminars in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Professor Rory Medcalf will outline the need for fresh thinking and an inclusive approach to national security in the uncertain years ahead. A panel discussion with NSC academics will follow.

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10
September
2015
Michael Clarke

Understanding China’s Eurasian Pivot

The 'One Belt, One Road' stragtegy provides a guide to China's future in Eurasia writes Michael Clarke in this article for The Diplomat.

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2
September
2015
Nikola Pijovic

Engaging with Africa in a post-aid era

From Australian commercial interests to national security concerns and the growing rivalry between China and the US, it’s in Australia’s national interest to build relationships with Africa. NSC PhD scholar Nikola Pijovic comments in Policy Forum.

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2
September
2015
Michael L'Estrange

Diplomacy's changing face

The tired stereotyping of diplomacy contrasts with the reality of its challenges, and its contemporary focus and practice are evolving dynamically. In this article for The Strategist, Professor Michael L'Estrange provides five benchmarks for modern diplomatic effectiveness.

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1
September
2015
Sheila Smith

Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China

Dr Sheila Smith will discuss her new book, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China, which explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it navigates its relationship with an advancing China.

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29
August
2015
ANU student

ANU Open Day

Come along and meet our staff at the public policy lecture or the Asia & the Pacific exhibition stand. It's all happening on 29 August.

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28
August
2015
Georgia Leach

A passion to protect

For Georgia Leach, a graduate of the Master of National Security Policy, protecting the security of companies, governments and nations is a serious game.

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25
August
2015
Nathan Ryan

From researcher to RAND

When Nathan Ryan arrived in Canberra to study at the ANU after completing his undergraduate degree, he soon learned that cybersecurity was more than just passwords on a laptop, but involved the high politics of nation-states.

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18
August
2015
ANU student

China’s moment of truth in Afghanistan

The complex situation in Afghanistan is putting China’s foreign policy to the test. Is it capable of playing a major power role? Michael Clarke comments in this article for The National Interest.

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15
August
2015
ANU student

Turkey's risky game

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using the Syrian conflict to erode secular Turkey and unleash a campaign against Kurdish nationalism, argues Rodger Shanahan in this opinion for The Australian.

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10
August
2015
Rory Medcalf

Mature debate needed on complex security equation

All sides of the national security debate across policy, politics and media need to recognise a growing horizon of risk for Australia, argues Rory Medcalf in this interview for SBS World News Radio. (Starts at 5:18)

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29
July
2015
Adam Henschke

50 shades of grey in world of hacking

What ethical issues are involved in the recent hacking attack on ‘cheating’ website AshelyMadison.com? Adam Henschke surveys the moral compass for The Ethics Centre.

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28
July
2015
North Korean military

Gridlock on the Korean Peninsula

Professor Leszek Buszynski asks if it’s still possible to de-nuclearize the People’s Republic and one day unify the two Koreas, in this article for Canada’s CDA Institute.

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18
July
2015
Michael Clarke

Eurasian power plays

Michael Clarke assesses the increasing jostling for influence in Central Asia among the Unites States, Russia and China, in this article for East Asia Forum.

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16
July
2015
Iran nuclear talks

Diplomacy makes a comeback

In this comment for The Age, Rodger Shanahan ponders whether the precedent established in reaching the nuclear deal with Iran could be extended to resolving the Middle East’s other complex security problems.

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8
July
2015
Rodger Shanahan

How significant is the Islamic State threat?

How does global jihad stack up against WW2 or the Cold War? Rodger Shanahan puts Islamic State in context in this interview for ABC Radio National.

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7
July
2015
Takashi Shiraishi

Japan’s evolving national security policy – implications for the region

Professor Takashi Shiraishi will address the background of Japan’s security policies, the nature of the ongoing Diet debate on the security legislation, and the implications of Abe’s security reform agenda for the wider region. Listen to the podcast or watch the video at the link below.

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3
July
2015
Policy experts on the USS Blue Ridge

Roundtable with US 7th Fleet on Indo-Pacific security

The ANU National Security College recently convened a high-level roundtable meeting with the Commander of the US 7th Fleet, Vice Admiral Robert L. Thomas.

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1
July
2015
Australian submarine

Guarding against uncertainty: Australian attitudes towards defence

Click below to read this important report by the External Panel of Experts on the 2015 Defence White Paper, co-authored by Professor Rory Medcalf.

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25
June
2015
Michael Clarke

Is China facing a Xinjiang insurgency?

In this article for the Wall Street Journal, the NSC’s Associate Professor Michael Clarke assesses what is known of the situation on the ground in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
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23
June
2015
nuclear plant

Cyberwarfare: How the digital revolution can change the rules of engagement

In this article for Australasian Science, Adam Henschke discusses the fine line between a cyberattack and an act of war, especially when the targeted infrastructure has both military and civilian uses.
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19
June
2015
Khalid Koser

Why does Twitter matter for national security?

Rory Medcalf joins the nation’s Twitterati to discuss the role of social media in national security incidents on the ABC’s Radio National.

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16
June
2015
Khalid Koser

Contextualising the US alliance

Our alliance with the US does not exist in isolation from wider geopolitical currents in our Indo-Pacific region – or its tangle of other relationships. Rory Medcalf comments on the latest Lowy Institute poll for The Age newspaper.

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15
June
2015
Khalid Koser

Migration and security: rhetoric and reality

In this seminar, Dr Khalid Koser outlines key aspects of the broader migration and security discussion and how it is changing, as well as discussing some ideas about how migration should be part of the solution.

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5
June
2015
ANU image

NSC Graduate Studies Information Evening

Join us for our graduate studies information session and we’ll work with you to explore which degree and combination of courses best suits your needs.

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4
June
2015
helicopters

Canberra’s South China Sea policy

Australia’s policy response to tensions in the disputed maritime region is gaining focus, writes Rory Medcalf for the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative.

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25
May
2015
Narendra Modi

Returning foreign fighters

How should Australia treat alleged jihadis who wish to return home from proscribed Middle Eastern conflict zones? NSC experts Rodger Shanahan and Tim Legrand debate the issue.

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14
May
2015
Narendra Modi

India to complicate Asian game

Australia's Asian strategy is often characterised as a choice between China and US, but an emerging India is complicating that picture, writes Rory Medcalf in the Australian Financial Review.

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5
May
2015
cyberspace

Australian Government Cyber Security Review

At a workshop on 1 May, the NSC again brought together an interdisciplinary team of leading academic and industry experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing research and development in Australian cyber security. Read the discussion paper here.

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22
April
2015
Australian aid

Wider security ethos needed in 2015

The Anzacs will always be an inspiration, but modern Australians have to deal with a much more complex strategy equation than the one in 1915. Rory Medcalf comments in the Australian Financial Review.

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13
April
2015
Australian aid

Cutting aid, cutting power

NSC PhD scholar Nikola Pijovic argues that reducing the aid budget is not in Australia’s national interest as it affects our reputation and reduces our influence in world affairs.

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13
April
2015
Adam Henschke

Data retention and whistle blowers

Cyberspace affords whistle blowers many outlets for the information they wish to publicise, bypassing mainstream media. Will Australia’s new data retention laws encourage them to do this? Dr Adam Henschke asks in this analysis for The Conversation.

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9
April
2015
Governor Quentin Bryce

Managing tensions in the South China Sea

The National Security College and the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre recently launched a book and co-hosted a discussion on the South China Sea maritime dispute. Watch the vidoe and Read Professor Rory Medcalf’s opening remarks here.

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31
March
2015
cyberspace

Australian Government Cyber Security Review

The National Security College is hosting some of the expert consultations for the Australian Government’s Cyber Security Review. A workshop on 30 March addressed the challenges of developing policies to secure Australia’s interests in the cyber world of tomorrow.

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27
March
2015
Sanaa

War in Yemen

As fighting in Yemen draws in regional powers, Associate Professor Rodger Shanahan argues in The Australian that the ensuing conflict is mostly about domestic issues, not a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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26
March
2015
Governor Quentin Bryce

Locating Africa in Australia’s foreign policy

NSC PhD scholar Nikola Pijovic and colleague David Mickler assess Australia’s foreign policy towards Africa over the past eight years and ask – is greater engagement possible? Read their article in the latest edition of the Australian Journal of Politics and History.

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23
March
2015
Hassan Rouhani

Foreign minister to visit Iraq in April

Julie Bishop’s decision to become the first Australian foreign minister to visit Tehran in more than a decade is an astute act of foreign policy, argues Associate Professor Rodger Shanahan commenting in the Australian Financial Review.

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19
March
2015
Adam Henschke

Australia introduces data retention laws

The federal government’s data retention legislation has passed the lower house of Parliament. Watch NSC ethicist Dr Adam Henschke comment on SKY News.

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16
March
2015
Rory Medcalf

Towards a new Australian security

In a major speech, incoming Head of the NSC Rory Medcalf has argued for inclusiveness in the way we define and pursue Australia’s present and future national security interests.

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12
March
2015
ANU student

Position vacant: Research Officer/s

The NSC is looking for research staff to work to the Head of College, Professor Rory Medcalf. Hours negotiable with the right candidate/s. Apply by 26 March.

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11
March
2015
Rory Medcalf

Judging the government's national security response

Rory Medcalf talks to The Australian’s Paul Kelly about the nature of the threat from Islamic extremism, the federal government’s response, and the risks to social cohesion and trust from a large terrorist attack on our soil.

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10
March
2015
NSC building

Academic leadership position now available at NSC

As Director, Academic Outreach & Research, as well as Professor (or Associate Professor) of National Security, you will be responsible for leading the academic team, delivering a world-class suite of graduate courses, and managing the NSC’s academic research and outreach programs. This is an outstanding opportunity at a dynamic specialist graduate school. Applications close 7 April 2015.

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4
March
2015
Australian soldiers in Iraq

Deploying more Australian soldiers to Iraq

In this blog post for The Monthly, Associate Professor Rodger Shanahan outlines the complex environment facing Australian troops as they enter a new phase of what is likely to be a long and fraught training mission.

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3
March
2015
Rodger Shanahan

Security guards at Australian schools

Associate Professor Rodger Shanahan offers the ABC some comments on whether sectarian strife in the Middle East could extend to Australia’s suburbs.

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2
March
2015
CCTV cameras

The language of data retention

Can something be both powerful and benign? The NSC’s resident ethicist, Adam Henschke, ponders this question in the light of proposed federal data laws, in this article for The Conversation.

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24
Feb
2015
Flowers in Martin Place

Assessing Australia’s new counter-terrorism measures

The threat of terrorist violence in Australia is real and rising. The government is adjusting policy to protect the values of trust and tolerance that lie at the core of Australian society, writes Professor Rory Medcalf in this opinion piece for the Australian Financial Review.

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20
Feb
2015
Data on computer screen

Data retention laws

Do the security benefits of data retention laws outweigh the privacy (and potential security) costs? The NSC’s Dr Adam Henschke comments on the privacy and security implications of the federal government’s proposed metadata retention laws, in this opinion piece for The Courier Mail newspaper.

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19
Feb
2015
Iran-EU talks

Nuclear deal with Iran

What geopolitical effects would a settlement to the Iranian nuclear issue produce? The NSC’s Associate Professor Rodger Shanahan explores this question in an article for the ABC’s The Drum.

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18
Feb
2015
Chinese soldiers

China's military spending

Growth in the Chinese economy is decreasing, but spending on its military shows no sign of slowing and is now the second largest in the world. Professor Rory Medcalf comments in this Reuters article.

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13
Feb
2015
Rory Medcalf

The US Navy in Australia

See Professor Rory Medcalf’s comments about the US Navy’s interest in Australian bases, in this Bloomberg article.

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9
Feb
2015
Stamps

The organisation-proscribing powers of the UK Executive

The NSC’s Dr Tim Legrand looks at this issue and argues that the UK Parliament offers ineffective scrutiny of the Executive’s anti-terrorism proscription orders, undermining the rule of law and eroding civil liberties, in this article for the Eastminster blog.

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6
Feb
2015
Islamic State flag

Islamic State: method and madness

In this article for The Age newspaper, the NSC’s Associate Professor Rodger Shanahan explains how IS has been using the history, symbology and cultural precepts of Islam in an attempt to ‘justify’ its reprehensible tactics.

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5
Feb
2015
China-US military exercise

What's in a CBM?

Rory Medcalf asks whether China-US military confidence building measures are genuine, in this analysys for the Asia Martime Transparency Initiative.

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5
Feb
2015
Adam Henschke

Australia and the UN Security Council

NSC PhD candidate Nikola Pijovic questions whether Australian UN votes meet the national interest test in the Asia and the Pacific Policy Society's Policy Forum.

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4
Feb
2015
Adam Henschke

Change afoot in Indo-Pacific geopolitics 

A new front has opened up in Indian Ocean geopolitics: New Delhi is taking a strong stand against expanding Chinese influence. Read Professor Rory Medcalf's comments in this Australian Financial Review article.

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29
Jan
2015
Adam Henschke

Why a single online ID would be dangerous

What are the privacy and security risks of a single digital online identity for all Australians? In this thoughtful op-ed in The Age newspaper, the NSC’s Dr Adam Henschke examines the reported government plans.

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19
Nov
2014
National Security College

Chief of Army offers vision of gender equality

Delivering an address to the NSC's inaugural Women in Security forum, Lieutenant-General David Morrison has argued strongly for gender equality in the modern military.

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18
Nov
2014
National Security College

NSC Graduate Studies Information Evening

Discuss your study options, find out about scholarships and sponsorships, and discover how we are helping to develop the next generation of leading national security professionals. Register today!

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14
Nov
2014
National Security College

New Head of ANU National Security College

The Australian National University has appointed distinguished strategic and foreign policy analyst Rory Medcalf as Professor and Head of the ANU National Security College.

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12
Nov
2014
National Security College

Metadata and privacy: surveillance state or business as usual?

Metadata ought to be treated with care, and only be accessed by specific government agencies for serious reasons, argues NSC Rsearch Fellow Dr Adam Henschke.

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5
Nov
2014
National Security College

Academia and public policy: the case of the National Security College

In his valedictory address, outgoing Head of College Professor Michael L'Estrange argues that the NSC is a good example of how the worlds of public policy and academia can best work together.

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23
Oct
2014
National Security College

Rare earth elements: Simple commodity or strategic vulnerability?

In this public seminar, two international experts will discuss the strategic importance of rare earths and their potential use as a tool of statecraft. Register now for 23 October.

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14
Oct
2014
National Security College

ANU Graduate Studies Information Evening

Staff from across the University, including the NSC, will be available to give you advice and answer your questions about our wide range of graduate programs.

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9
Oct
2014
Michael L'Estrange

Strategic change and the future of the Australia-US alliance

In a recent speech, the Head of the NSC, Professor Michael L'Estrange, has argued for 'concerted adaptation' and deeper regional contextaulisation of Australia's strategic alliance with the United States.

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25
Sep
2014
National Security College

PhD Information Evening

This NSC information evening is an opportunity for aspiring PhD candidates to meet the College’s academic team, led by Professor Roger Bradbury, and discuss potential research topics and opportunities to begin doctoral studies at the NSC. 

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22
Sep
2014
Apple ipod

From free gift to marketing fiasco

How did U2's Songs of Innocence become history's most deleted album? asks the NSC's resident ethicist, Dr Adam Henschke.

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9
Sep
2014
Tony Press

Australia's Antarctic strategic interests in the 21st century

In this NSC public seminar, Dr Tony Press explores the emerging issues in Antarctica and their implications for the Antarctic Treaty System and for Australia’s Antarctic policy.

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30
August
2014
ANU in New Zealand

ANU Open Day

NSC staff will be on hand to discuss your options in our Graduate Studies in National Security Policy program. Look for us in the College of Asia and the Pacific section.

4
August
2014
ANU in New Zealand

Jihadist chicks come home to roost.

Australian Islam is missing clerical leadership when it comes to preventing youth joining jihad, writes NSC Visiting Fellow Dr Rodger Shanahan.

30-31
July
2014
ANU in New Zealand

New Zealand study options

ANU will be visiting New Zealand in July - take this opportunity to discuss all that ANU has to offer you.

24
July
2014
Rodger Shanahan

Sectarianism: the threat to Australia

In this NSC seminar, Dr Rodger Shanahan argues that Australian jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq present a whole new set of issues for Australia.

26
June
2014
Nicholas Khoo

Encoutering turbulence: China's rise and the international politics of power transition in Asia

In this NSC seminar, Dr Nicholas Khoo will present on the findings of his NSC-sponsored research project on the increasing complexity of China's regional policy.

11
June
2014
Mick Keelty

Cybersecurity: mapping the ethical terrain

In this NSC seminar, the presenters demonstrate that managing the risks of cybersecurity involves trade-offs: between security and privacy; individual rights and the good of a society; and between the types of burdens placed on particular groups in order to protect others.

28
May
2014
ANu student

National Security College Graduate Studies Information Evening

This event will be an opportunity to learn about our course offering and meet the Head of the NSC, Professor Michael L’Estrange, as well as current students other members of the academic team.

15
May
2014
Indonesia elections

Indonesia's ascent: power, leadership and Asia’s security order

This seminar addresses the key issues facing Indonesia , including its foreign policies and the influence of political values, its role in the Asia-Pacific, its economy and economic nationalism, and the future of Indonesia-Australia relations.

29
April
2014
Professor Stephen M. Walt

The rise of China and America's Asian allies

Harvard University's Professor Stephen M. Walt delivers the next NSC public seminar on 29 April 2014.

05
March
2014
Malcolm Turnbull and Michael L'Estrange

Minister launches NSC cyberspace program

This Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP has launched the NSC's new, international and multidisciplinary research program into Strategy and Statecraft in Cyberspace.

24
Jan
2014
David Connery

Horizon scanning working paper now available

This paper by Dr David Connery argues that horizon scanning is a valuable and worthwhile addition to the Australian Government’s existing policymaking methods.

21
Nov
2013
cyberspace illustration

NSC Graduate studies information evening

If you have been thinking about further study to progress your career in the Asian century, come along to our Graduate Studies Information Evening. Register now.

19
Nov
2013

Professor Michael Wesley
The age of espionage

In this article, Professor Wesley writes that we live in an age of espionage, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

12
Nov
2013
Paul Cornish

Professor Paul Cornish, University of Exeter
Shaping a strategic ecology for cyberspace public seminar

Professor Paul Cornish argues the need for a strategic ecology for cyberspace as part of the NSC public seminar series.

8
Nov
2013
cyberspace illustration
Cyberspace Public forum
Join us for a panel discussion and open forum to explore the complexities of cyberspace from a national security perspective – a domain in which states and non-state actors interact with each other in an increasingly contested environment. Registration required.
21
Oct
2013
CREATIVE COMMONS / FLICKR / NOS NIEUWS
Dr Leszek Buszynski, National Security College
Book launch and public seminar
In this seminar, Dr Leszek Buszynski will address the complex question of negotiation with North Korea. Registration required.
17
Oct
2013
Graduate Studies Information Evening
Get on board for the Asia-Pacific century. The National Security College will be part of the Graduate Studies Information Evening for the College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP).
3
Oct
2013
Helicopters
Professor Gareth Evans, Australian National University
NSC Occasional Paper on South China Sea launched
The NSC's fifth occasional paper was launched by ANU Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC at Parliament House.
18
Sep
2013
Electronic world map
Professor Michael Wesley, National Security College
PhD studies information evening
This event will be an opportunity for aspiring PhD candidates to meet with the College’s academic team and discuss potential research topics and opportunities to begin doctoral studies at the NSC.
28
Mar
2013
Leszek Buszynski
Dr Leszek Buszynski and Dr Christopher Roberts, National Security College
Conference on ‘The South China Sea and Australia’s regional security environment’
Chief Investigators Dr Leszek Buszynski and Dr Christopher Roberts will be holding the conference at the National Security College on 28 March.
25
Feb
2013
Michael L'Estrange
Professor Michael L'Estrange, Head of National Security College
Head of College addresses the Chief of Air Force’s Symposium
Professor Michael L’Estrange delivered an address on ‘Positioning Australia for the Asian Century’ on 25 February in Melbourne.
14
Feb
2013
Christopher Roberts
Dr Christopher Roberts, National Security College
NSC hosts ‘Indonesia’s Ascent’ conferences in Jakarta and Canberra
Dr Roberts, Dr Habir and Associate Professor Sebastian just completed a highly successful workshop in Jakarta. A conference was held in Canberra on 14 February.
23
Jan
2013
Julia Gillard
The Hon Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia
Prime Minister Julia Gillard launched Australia's first National Security Strategy
On 23 January, the PM visited the National Security College to launch the National Security Strategy and open the new G J Yeend Wing of the J G Crawford Building at the ANU.

20
Dec
2012
Michael L'Estrange

Professor Michael L'Estrange, Head of National Security College
Honorary Degree awarded by the University of Notre Dame Australia
The Head of the National Security College, Professor Michael L’Estrange, was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws on 20 December 2012.

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20
Dec
2012
Naomi Atkins
Naomi Atkins, National Security College PhD student
NSC PhD candidate receives prestigious Endeavour Australia Award
Naomi Atkins is conducting research on human trafficking in Southeast Asia and Australia and in 2013 will be undertaking visiting appointments at RSIS in Singapore and ISIS in Malaysia.
01
Nov
2012
Michael Wesley
Dr Michael Wesley, Professor of National Security
Key recruit for National Security College
One of Australia’s leading international relations experts, Dr Michael Wesley, has been appointed Professor of National Security. Professor Wesley will lead the ANU National Security College’s Academic, Outreach and Research Program.
15
Jun
2012
Margot Mccarthy
Dr Margot McCarthy, National Security Adviser
National Security: Past, Present and Future
The College was pleased to co-host a special presentation to our senior alumni by the National Security Adviser, Dr Margot McCarthy on the topic 'National Security - Past, Present and Future' on 15 June 2012.
19
Mar
2012
Chris Roberts
Dr Christopher Roberts
ASEAN Regionalism: Cooperation, Values and Institutionalisation
The College launched a new book by Dr Christopher Roberts, entitled ‘ASEAN Regionalism: Cooperation, Values and Institutionalisation’ (Routledge). The book was launched by Professor James Cotton (UNSW) and more than forty invited guests were in attendance.

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