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The Australian National University

Public seminar series

New thinking about Australian security


Friday, September 11, 2015
12 – 1:30pm
Room 1, Level 4
The Hilton
488 George St, Sydney




Wednesday, September 16, 2015
6 – 7:30pm
The Swanston Room
Rydges on Swanston
701 Swanston St, Melbourne




Friday, September 18, 2015
12 – 1:30pm
Victoria’s Room, Level 6
The Hilton
1900 Elizabeth St, Brisbane




Rory MedcalfIn an interconnected world, Australia’s security interests will keep outgrowing its capabilities. Australia’s strategic lifelines will be caught up in tensions surrounding China’s rise. Terrorism will strain the resilience of our society. Cyber hazards will be pervasive. And we will struggle to manage expectations as a provider of regional security. These problems will demand new policy approaches involving partnerships with other countries, the private sector and the community. In this series of public seminars, the Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University, Professor Rory Medcalf, will outline the need for fresh thinking and an inclusive approach to national security in the uncertain years ahead.

Professor Rory Medcalf commenced as the Head of the ANU National Security College in January 2015. His professional background spans diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks and journalism. Most recently he was the Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Prior to that, Professor Medcalf worked as a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments and an Australian diplomat with service in India, Japan and Bougainville.

Following his presentation, Professor Medcalf will be joined in a panel discussion by expert staff from the National Security College, including:

·         Associate Professor Rodger Shanahan (Sydney event)
·         Associate Professor Michael Clarke (Sydney)
·         Professor Roger Bradbury, lead cyber security researcher (Melbourne)
·         Dr Matthew Sussex, incoming Academic Director (Melbourne and Brisbane)
·         Dr Adam Henschke, Research Fellow (Brisbane)

These events are free and open to the public and the media. Refreshments will be served and there will be an opportunity to meet the speakers and discuss the work of the College in education, research and public policy.  

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The National Security College is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Government and ANU.

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