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Public seminar

Brexit: Political and Security Implications

Speakers: Dr Annmarie Elijah, Associate Professor Matthew Sussex, Dr Adam Henschke
Date: Thursday 30 June 2016
Time: 1:30 - 3pm
Venue: Canberry-Springbank rooms, Level 1, Crawford Building #132, 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU



The UK’s dramatic and unexpected vote in favour of leaving the European Union (the ‘Brexit’) promises to have seismic implications both within the EU space and beyond. The decision raises a host of questions concerning the nature of the UK-EU divorce, the future of the European integration project, and European security in general. Please join us for a public forum where our panel of experts will give their initial perspectives on the Brexit, as well as foreshadowing further upcoming ANU events on this important topic.

Annmarie ElijahDr Annmarie Elijah  is Associate Director of the ANU Centre for European Studies. She previously worked as a policy officer in the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Dr Elijah has taught politics at the University of Melbourne, Victoria University of Wellington and ANU. Her PhD (University of Melbourne) examined the implications of British membership of the European Community for Australia. In 2014-2015 she held the Europe-Australia Business Council Fellowship at ANU.


MathewAssociate Professor Matthew Sussex is the Academic Director at the National Security College. His main research specialisation is on Russian foreign and security policy, but his interests also cover: government and politics in Eurasia; strategic studies; terrorism and counter-terrorism; energy security; and Australian foreign policy. He is particularly interested in contemporary trends in violent conflict, especially in 'hybrid' warfare and in the evolution of propaganda. Prior to joining the NSC, Dr Sussex was Director of Politics and International Relations at the University of Tasmania.


Adam HenschkeDr Adam Henschke is a Lecturer in National Security at the National Security College. His research focuses on the ethics of cyber-security, just war and military ethics, emerging technologies and cross-cultural ethical dialogues. Dr Henschke received his PhD through the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics from Charles Sturt University. He also holds a Master of Applied Ethics from the Norwegian University of Technology (Norway) and Linkoping University (Sweden), and a Master of Bioethics from Monash University. His most recent co-edited book is Binary Bullets: The Ethics of Cyberwarfare (OUP).


This seminar is presented jointly with the ANU Centre for European Studies, an initiative involving six ANU Colleges (Arts and Social Sciences, Law, Business and Economics, Asia and the Pacific and Medicine, Biology & Environment, Engineering & Computer Science) co-funded by the ANU and the European Union.




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