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

National Security College | Professional course


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. This course looks to separate the substance of shifting power relations from the hyperbole of the news cycle. It will help you to critically examine the trajectory of the US’s role in the world through the lens of Australia’s interests.

Participants can join this course in two stages. The first day examines the US’s position as a geopolitical actor and its relationship to Australia. The second day is a deep dive on drivers and issues for the US and what its decisions mean for Australia’s interests.

Course date: 
4–5 September 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).

One day program (deep dive only) 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

The US’s 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 will examine the economic, geopolitical and societal trends in the United States 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

The first day of the course will introduce participants to the US’s place in the world and its relationship with Australia. Building on this introduction, the second day will be a deep dive into the issues that face the US, the choices that it must make and what their consequences may be.

Participants at this course will discuss the following issues:

  • President Trump’s approach to national security, 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

    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.”

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