News events archive
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome PhD scholar Jamie Storrie
Jamie is a crisis and disaster management specialist and joins us from Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
India’s inaugural Raisina Dialogue
NSC delegates recently attended the Raisina Dialogue, India’s first multi-lateral flagship conference of geopolitics and geo-economics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to Ben Zweibelson
After 22 years with the US Army, orgnisational design theorist Ben Zweibelson joins the NSC as our newest doctoral candidate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Class of 2015
The National Security College congratulates and celebrates the hard work and achievements of our 2015 graduates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brinkmanship on the Syrian border
Why did Turkey shoot down a Russian bomber aircraft? Rodger Shanahan joins the debate on ABC radio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jessica Fortune, a Noongar woman from Perth, has won the the ANU National Security College Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new game in the South China Sea
NSC experts Rory Medcalf and Leszek Buszynski comment on the latest developments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Does Afghanistan present a real opportunity for foreign policy cooperation between the United States and China? Michael Clarke asks in The National Interest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Watch the video
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The US Navy in Australia
See Professor Rory Medcalf’s comments about the US Navy’s interest in Australian bases, in this Bloomberg article.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australian Islam is missing clerical leadership when it comes to preventing youth joining jihad, writes NSC Visiting Fellow Dr Rodger Shanahan.
ANU will be visiting New Zealand in July - take this opportunity to discuss all that ANU has to offer you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harvard University's Professor Stephen M. Walt delivers the next NSC public seminar on 29 April 2014.
This Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP has launched the NSC's new, international and multidisciplinary research program into Strategy and Statecraft in Cyberspace.
This paper by Dr David Connery argues that horizon scanning is a valuable and worthwhile addition to the Australian Government’s existing policymaking methods.
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.
In this article, Professor Wesley writes that we live in an age of espionage, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Professor Paul Cornish argues the need for a strategic ecology for cyberspace as part of the NSC public seminar series.
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.
Book launch and public seminar
In this seminar, Dr Leszek Buszynski will address the complex question of negotiation with North Korea. Registration required.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.