Changing America

National Security College | Professional course
Changing America


The US role in the world is changing in response to internal disruption and external pressures.

Course date: 
9am–5pm 15 October 2019
Canberry Springbank Room - Level 1 - 132 Crawford Building, 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU

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

Join experts for a deep dive into the relationship between the US national security community and the political administration, including the national security implications of the change in the balance of power in the US Congress.

The US role in the world is changing in response to internal disruption and external pressures. The region of the Indo-Pacific has been a particular area of focus as pundits have interpreted any shift in US posture or language as a response to China. But how much of this is perception and how much is a genuine strategic shift?

Discussion points will include: - President Trump’s approach to national security and the implications for Australia’s national security and the wider region - The changing contours of US governance and society that are shifting policy priorities - Elements of continuity and change in US ‘grand strategy’ - The role of the US in underpinning the global economy - American approaches in alliance management in the Indo-Pacific, including burden-sharing - The impact of US domestic political and resource constraints - The role of the US in the Indo-Pacific, particularly its relations with China and its alliance partners.

Course convenor

Mr Jay Caldwell

Jay Caldwell joined the National Security College in 2017 as the Director of Professional Studies. He has fourteen years of experience in the public service focused on national security and how central agencies can better support decision-makers. Prior to this, Mr Caldwell was an educator with Queensland’s Department of Education and the ACT’s Canberra Institute of Technology. Jay joined the NSC on secondment from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), most recently as the Senior Adviser for North Asia and Trade. Between 2014 and 2015, Jay oversaw the Department Liaison Officer team in the Prime Minister’s Office – across Prime Ministers Abbott and Turnbull. Jay was also PM&C’s Senior Adviser for Crisis Management, leading the Commonwealth’s reconsideration of the Australian Government Crisis Management Arrangements and how to secure continuity of government in a crisis. In 2010-11, Jay managed the ACT Government Cabinet Secretariat. He also led on security policy for the ACT’s Chief Minister and Cabinet Department. Jay commenced his public service career in the Office of National Assessments (ONA) and led the Open Source Centre’s Pacific team. He also worked on intelligence collection management and improving intelligence sharing with close partners. Jay’s academic qualifications include Bachelor of Education (QUT) and Master of International Relations (ANU).

Course presenter(s)

Dr. Jennifer S. Hunt

Dr. Jennifer S. Hunt is a lecturer in the National Security College and a research associate at the US Studies Centre. Publishing on comparative national security policy in the US, Australia, and the Arab Gulf, her research portfolio examines the intersection between defense, energy, and economic security issues. Dr. Hunt holds a PhD and Master’s Degree in International Security from the University of Sydney. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (USA) where she was captain of the Women’s Sabre Fencing team. From 2011-2012, she was a visiting researcher at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman. As part of her research and consulting practice, Dr. Hunt also attended the World Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi, and studied Arabic at the Qasid Institute in Jordan. Prior to joining the NSC, Dr. Hunt was based at the University of Sydney US Studies Centre, the Centre for International Security Studies, and Sydney Business School. She has been student-nominated for teaching awards across security studies, business and politics departments. Along with her academic areas of specialisation, Dr. Hunt also publishes on applied research methods. Together with Dr. Zina O’Leary, Workplace Research: Conducting small scale applied research, was published by Sage in 2016. Research interests • International Security • Energy Security • US politics • Gulf political economy • Research methods

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