A Changing America: Power, Perception and Reality

National Security College | Professional course



Contact us at epd.nsc@anu.edu.au to express interest or to discuss how we can tailor this program for your organisation.

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

The United States’ post-WWII role as the security guarantor in our region appears to be under siege by an ‘America first’ agenda at home and assertive rising powers abroad. The US influence appears under threat from 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 a rising China. But how much of this is perception and how much is a genuine strategic shift?

This one-day course looks to separate the substance of shifting power relations from the hyperbole of the news cycle. You will examine the economic, geopolitical and societal trends in the US, and their intersection with vital Australian interests and national security priorities. The course also considers the alliance relationship between Australia and the US, and implications of the current Presidential impeachment inquiry.


This program has not been scheduled for 2020 but will run if there is sufficient interest. Please email epd.nsc@anu.edu.au to register your interest.

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