United States of America: Rethinking the US Role in the World

National Security College | Professional course
Rethinking the US Role in the World


This course looks to separate the substance of shifting power relations from the hyperbole of the news cycle. It includes an examination of the upcoming mid-term elections.

Course date: 
8.30am 30 October – 5pm 31 October 2018
National Security College, Level 3, Crawford Building #132 , 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU

Two day program (introduction + deep dive) The fee for this course is $2,250 (GST ex) for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $2,700 (GST ex).

Course overview

The US role in the world 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?

In this course, you 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 characteristics of the alliance relationship between Australia and the US.

Scope and content

Day one introduces participants to the US place in the world and the relationship with Australia. Building on this, day two is a deep dive into the issues that face the US, pending decisions and consequences.

Participants at this course will discuss the following issues:

  • President Trump’s approach to national security, the mid-terms, 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.

    Who should attend?

This course is designed for officers from all departments and agencies, as well as professionals, analysts, leaders from other organisations, who would benefit from a deeper understanding of the dynamics of change shaping US international policy-making and its alliance relationships, especially with Australia.

Course details

  • Two day non-residential, fully-catered course.
  • An ANU parking permit will be supplied.
  • Course time: 8-30am - 5-00pm
    2018 dates TBC
    Places on this course are limited. To secure your place, or to obtain further information, please contact us at nsc.epdnominations@anu.edu.au.

“Absolutely superb course. Excellent presenters and mentors. I found it fascinating and it will be of great benefit to me in my work. I enjoyed the dive into the US mindset and what it means for Australia’s national security development.”

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. 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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