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The Australian National University

Occasional paper no. 3

National Security in Australia: Scoping the Field

Ross Babbage, Brendan Taylor, Hugh White, Stephan Fruhling, Andrew O'Neil

This special edition provides new information about national security studies in an Australian context. This project was initiated because there is a gap in the written knowledge about the evolution of the concept of national security in Australia, and because there is a need to identify the elements of the emerging field of ‘national security studies’. The five attached papers cover different parts of the scoping task, and include discussions of the meaning of national security and the future security environment, and analysis of what kinds of subject matter should be considered under the banner of ‘national security studies’. Uniquely, these papers have been written from an Australian viewpoint and so consider the distinct historical, socio-political and strategic conditions found in this part of the world. The five papers are:

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