Skip navigation
The Australian National University

Public seminar

Australia in the age of terror: Responding to the threat


Speakers: Dr Vanessa Newby, Dr Adam Henschke and Dr Tim Legrand
Date: Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Venue: Weston Theatre, Level 1, Crawford Building #132, 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU
Registration: Please register here via Eventbrite

The past year has seen a series of terror attacks inspired by Islamist extremism around the world and recent calls by Daesh (Islamic State) for ‘lone wolf’ style attacks to occur in specific Australian suburbs. Despite the official domestic terror alert remaining at ‘probable’, Australian police have urged us not be alarmed by these calls. However, with the further decline of Daesh’s territorial control in Iraq and Syria, there is a concern that we will see an increase in the terror threat felt in Australia.

In this public seminar, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific experts in international affairs, political ethics and security governance will explore how Australia should respond to the multi-faceted threats arising from globalised terrorism – international and domestic, political and societal. 

Vanessa NewbyDr Vanessa Newby is a Research Fellow at the Coral Bell School Department of International Relations at ANU.  Her research focuses on peacekeeping; peacebuilding; occupation; the politics of religion and the international relations of the Middle East. She has researched the Middle East since 2007 and has lived in Lebanon and Syria for three years. Dr Newby is currently writing a book entitled ‘Mission Impossible? Negotiating the Politics of Peacekeeping in the Middle East’ which examines how a UN peace operation uses credibility and technocracy to navigate inter and intrastate political tensions in Lebanon.


Adam HenschkeDr Adam Henschke is a Lecturer at the National Security College. His main research interests are in ethics and philosophy as they relate to national security, and has published on military ethics, privacy, surveillance and emerging technologies. He is currently looking at issues that arise at the interface between cybertechnologies, national security and ethics. Dr Henschke is an adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University and is secretary of the Asia Pacific chapter of the International Society of Military Ethics.


Tim LegrandDr Tim Legrand is a Lecturer at the National Security College. His interdisciplinary research concerns the structures, management and processes of public administration. His work draws on, and contributes to political science, law, international relations, security studies and public policy around several research streams that include international policy transfer, evidence-based policy-making, transgovernmental policy networks, the governance of national security and emergency policy, and crisis management. Dr Legrand has worked as a policy consultant for the UK Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Health and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

This public seminar is presented by the National Security College and the Department of International Relations.


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

Updated:  12 September 2016/ Responsible Officer:  Head of College, National Security College/ Page Contact:  Web administrator, National Security College