Nuclear Policy and Security

National Security College | Professional course

Summary

This course will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to nuclear policy, an overview of the basics of nuclear science and weapons, the global landscape of capabilities and doctrines, and persistent concerns about proliferation.

Course date: 
16 August 2018
Venue: 
National Security College, JG Crawford Building #132, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Cost: 

A fee of $1,300 (GST ex) applies to this course for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $1,600 (GST ex).

Course overview

This course will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to nuclear policy, an overview of the basics of nuclear science and weapons, the global landscape of capabilities and doctrines, and persistent concerns about proliferation. It covers the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty, challenges relating to North Korea and Iran, as well as the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit and South Australia’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.

You will consider the evolution of the role of nuclear weapons in security and foreign policy, Australia’s place in the international nuclear order, and the security dimensions of the debate around peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Why join the course?

• Get a comprehensive introduction to nuclear policy, the basics of nuclear science and weapons, and the global landscape of capabilities and doctrines;
• Be apprised on the latest nuclear proliferation issues, including the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty, challenges relating to North Korea and Iran, as well as the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit and South Australia’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission;
• Explore the evolution of the role of nuclear weapons in security and foreign policy;
• Gain insights on Australia’s place in the international nuclear order, and the security dimensions of the debate around peaceful uses of nuclear energy; and
• Engage with Australia’s policy and academic leaders on nuclear policy, and establish valuable professional networks.

Who should attend?

This course is suited to officers at all levels from all departments and agencies, as well as professionals, analysts and leaders in private sector on and non-government organisations, who may be specifically involved in nuclear policy issues or who would benefit from a practical understanding of this increasingly important set of issues.

Course details

• One day non-residential, fully-catered program
• An ANU parking permit will be supplied
• Course timings: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Registration

Please contact us at nsc.epdnominations@anu.edu.au to obtain the registration form and other course information.

“A fantastic introduction to nuclear policy, a field rich in history, complexity, and geopolitics with important implications for regional and global security.”

Course convenor

Mr Brad Fallen

Brad Fallen joined the National Security College as Manager, Executive and Professional Development in March 2018, on secondment from the Department of Home Affairs. Brad’s professional national security experience includes international relations, intelligence, Cabinet and ministerial decision-making, and policy development and delivery. As Senior Adviser International Cyber Policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) from 2014, Brad was part of the small team who delivered Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Review and Strategy. He then implemented the Strategy for 18 months from the Office of the Cyber Security Special Adviser. Brad led PM&C’s National Security Committee Secretariat between 2011 and 2014, supporting Prime Ministers Gillard, Rudd and Abbott, and before this the Department of Defence’s Cabinet and Freedom of Information teams from 2008 to 11. He was Defence Adviser to the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, the Hon Bruce Scott MP, in 2000-01. Brad studied South Pacific history at the University of Queensland before joining the Department of Defence’s Graduate program in 1988. Brad’s career in Defence focused on Australia’s regional relationships, and included three years as First Secretary (Defence) at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby, and two years seconded to the New Zealand Government in Wellington

Course presenter(s)

Dr Michael Cohen

Dr Michael Cohen’s research addresses international security in the Indo-Pacific and explores the causes of armed interstate conflict. His expertise covers nuclear weapons proliferation, the Korean peninsula, South Asia, deterrence and coercion, leaders, foreign policy decision-making and the US-Australia alliance. He regularly provides media commentary on these issues. Dr Cohen’s first book, When Proliferation Causes Peace: The Psychology of Nuclear Crises (Georgetown University Press: 2017), addressed how nuclear proliferation influences states’ foreign policy. His co-edited book North Korea and Nuclear Weapons: Entering the New Era of Deterrence (Georgetown University Press: 2017, with Sung Chull Kim) addressed the impact of North Korea’s nuclear program on the Korean peninsula. Dr Cohen’s other completed and ongoing research addresses nuclear proliferation, deterrence, leaders and foreign policy decision-making and the US’ alliances with South Korea and Australia. It has been published in journals such as The Journal of Global Security Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, The Non-Proliferation Review and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. Dr Cohen is interested in supervising Master and PhD level research broadly related to his interests. He has twelve years of teaching experience in Australia, Canada and Denmark. Prior to joining the ANU National Security College in 2018, he was Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Security Studies program at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University (2015-2017) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Center for War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark (2012-2015). Dr Cohen was also a visiting scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University (2014).

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