Research & publications
The National Security College conducts or commissions research projects aimed at identifying and analysing the key security challenges that the national security community currently confronts or is likely to confront in the foreseeable future. Over time, the College intends to position itself as a hub for national and international researchers so that Australia extracts the maximum benefit from relevant expertise on national security issues.
NSC Policy Options Papers
This series of National Security College Policy Options Papers offers short, evidence-based and forwardlooking insights for policy makers on topical security, foreign affairs and geostrategic issues facing Australia domestically, in the Indo-Pacific region and globally. We seek contributions from and collaborations with qualified researchers and experts in these fields.
- The Trump Presidency and Australia's security: don't panic, dont relax. NSC Policy Options Paper No 1, January 2017.
- by Rory Medcalf, Ryan Young, Marina Tsirbas and Matthew Sussex
- Towards a new Australian security. NSC Policy Options Speech, March 2015.
- by Rory Medcalf
Asia Policy articles
Asia Policy is published by The National Bureau of Asian Research, in partnership with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University and the National Security College.
- Non-claimant Perspectives on the South China Sea Disputes. Asia Policy No 21, January 2016
- India and China at Sea: A Contest of Status and Legitimacy in the Indian Ocean, Asia Policy No 22, July 2016
- Assessing U.S.-Asia Relations in a Time of Transition. Asia Policy No 23, January 2017
Indo-Pacific Maritime Security: Challenges and Cooperation
This conference focused on the emerging concept of the Indo-Pacific, maritime tensions including in the East and South China seas, transnational security issues, the Indian Ocean, the role of Japan in particular as a regional security partner, and prospects for partnerships involving other countries. The National Security College convened this conference as part of a wider research and policy engagement project, with the support of the Embassy of Japan.
Occasional Paper Series
Through a competitive research award process, the National Security College commissions scholars to conduct research for the purpose of completing Occasional Papers as well as other research outputs including books and journal articles. While the series included an initial focus on topics designed to assist with course development, it has since evolved to focus on the key challenges and issues relevant to national security. These topics range from the development of national security policy and strategy to cyber security, regional relations, and various sources of regional instability. Occasional Papers are normally between 7,000 and 20,000 words in length but may be significantly longer in some instances.
- Sectarian violence: the threat to Australia (No 7)
- by Rodger Shanahan
- Cybersecurity: Mapping the ethical terrain (No 6)
- by Nicholas G Evans, Shannon B Ford, Adam C Gastineau, Adam Henschke, Michael Keelty and Levi J West
- The South China Sea and Australia’s Regional Security Environment (No 5)
- Edited by Leszek Buszynski and Christopher Roberts
- The role of simulations in the authentic learning for national security policy development (No 4)
- by Henk Eijkman
- National Security in Australia: Scoping the Field (No 3)
- Special edition with contributions from Hugh White, Brendan Taylor, Ross Babbage, Stephan Fruhling, and Andrew O’Neil.
- Collaborative Leadership within the National Security Community (No 2)
- by Eliane Coates
- An Idea in Good Currency: Collaborative Leadership in the National Security Community (No 1)
- by Rodger Shanahan
The National Security College conducts ‘Research Papers’ to deliver innovative ideas highlighting constant changing challenges of relevance to Australia's national security.
- Weakest Links: Cyber Governance and the Threat to Mid-sized Enterprises - NSC Research Papers, by Dr Tim Legrand.
Working Paper Series
The National Security College ‘Working Paper Series’ provides access to non-commissioned journal length articles in draft format. The series provides an opportunity for policy makers, scholars and members of the public to have unrestricted web-based access to these works and to deliver constructive feedback designed to improve the article before it is submitted and published in either a journal or an edited book. The NSC Working Paper series is open to scholars who hold a formal affiliation with an academic institution.
- Forgotten Friends: Australia, India and the independence of Bangladesh - NSC Working Paper 4, by Richard C Smith. 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.
- Competitive advantage in international policymaking: the value of trend and futures research - NSC Working Paper 3, by Professor Michael L'Estrange
- Disturbing the Present: Practical Options to Inform National Security Planning in Australia through
Horizon Scanning - NSC Working Paper No 2, by Dr David Connery
- Horizon Scanning - Bringing Stategic Insight to National Security Policymaking (PDF 3.6MB) - NSC Working Paper No 1, by Dr David Connery
Issue Brief Series
The NSC Issue Brief Series provides concise and timely analysis about political and security matters of relevance to Australia and the Indo-Pacific. NSC Issue Briefs are fully referenced and edited papers of between 2,500 and 4,000 words. While individual issue briefs, or special collections thereof, may be commissioned by the NSC, the series is also open to submission to all scholars who hold a formal affiliation with an academic institution.
- Indonesia’s Ascent: Power, Leadership, and the Regional Order
Special edition edited by Christopher Roberts, Derry Habir, and Leonard Sebastian
For more information visit the project's web page.
Proposals to publish either an NSC Working Paper or Issue Brief should be submitted to Associate Professor Matthew Sussex, Academic Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org