Breakfast Series: The Indo-Pacific - Strategic Challenges and Opportunities: COVID, and After

National Security College | Professional course


Join us for this exciting breakfast series on the Indo-Pacific. Running over four consecutive Wednesdays, this series examines the Indo-Pacific’s strategic challenges and opportunities, both during the COVID pandemic and further beyond the horizon. The series will allow participants to deep dive with experts to understand the relevant regional actors, and the geopolitical, economic and security considerations at play. Participants will also have an opportunity to consider the implications for Australia’s national security policy.

Presenters for this program include: Professor Rory Medcalf, Dr Tanvi Madan, RADM (Ret) James Goldrick, Mr Richard Maude, and Dr Malcolm Cook.

We will update this webpage as presenters are confirmed.


Please click here to register or contact us at or on (02) 6125 2233 for further information.

Course date: 
8–10am 5 August 2020
8–10am 12 August 2020
8–10am 19 August 2020
8–10am 26 August 2020
National Security College, #132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

$1,950 (GST ex) for government, $2,340 (GST ex) open. Course is fully catered.

Course presenter(s)

Professor Rory Medcalf

Professor Rory Medcalf is Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University. His has three decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks, academia and journalism, including as founding director of the international security program at the Lowy Institute. In government, Professor Medcalf worked as a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments, Canberra’s peak intelligence agency. He was an Australian diplomat, with experience in India, Japan and Papua New Guinea, and continues to lead informal strategic dialogues with India and several other Indo-Pacific powers. He has contributed to three landmark international reports on nuclear arms control and was on the independent expert panel for the Australia’s 2016 Defence White Paper. He has been recognised as a thought leader internationally for his work on the Indo-Pacific strategic concept, as articulated in his acclaimed 2020 book Contest for the Indo-Pacific. He is a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum Register of Experts and Eminent Persons and the board of the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations.

Dr Tanvi Madan

Tanvi Madan is a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program, and director of The India Project at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Madan’s work explores India’s role in the world and its foreign policy, focusing in particular on India’s relations with China and the United States. She also researches the intersection between Indian energy policies and its foreign and security policies.

Madan is the author of the book “Fateful Triangle: How China Shaped US-India Relations during the Cold War” (Brookings Institution Press, 2020). She is currently completing a monograph on India’s foreign policy diversification strategy, and researching her next book on the China-India-US triangle.

Previously, Madan was a Harrington doctoral fellow and teaching assistant at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. In the past, she has also been a research analyst at Brookings, and worked in the information technology industry in India.

Madan has authored a number of publications on India’s foreign policy and been cited by media outlets such as the Associated Press, the Economist, the Financial Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Madan has also appeared on a number of news shows including on the BBC, CBS, Channel NewsAsia, CNBC, Fox News, India Today TV, NDTV, NPR, and PBS.

In addition to a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin, she has a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree with honors in history from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, India.

Mr Richard Maude

Richard Maude joined Asia Society Australia in January 2020 as the inaugural Executive Director, Policy, and Senior Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute – the first senior executive role in the Institute outside the United States.

Richard Maude most recently served as Deputy Secretary, Indo-Pacific Group, in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His portfolio covered Australia’s bilateral relations with Australia’s partners in Asia and North America, as well as Australia’s regional political, security, economic and development assistance interests. In 2017, Mr Maude was head of the whole-of-government taskforce which supported the preparation of the Australian Government’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. Mr Maude was Director-General of the Office of National Assessments from May 2013 until November 2016. ONA reports directly to the Prime Minister and provides all-source assessments on international political, strategic and economic developments affecting Australia’s national interests.

Before taking up the position of Director-General ONA, Mr Maude was the senior adviser on foreign policy and national security issues in the Office of the Prime Minister. Mr Maude has worked extensively on international security and Indo Pacific affairs as a career foreign service officer in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has served overseas in Malaysia, where he was Deputy High Commissioner, Singapore and as the Liaison Officer for the Office of National Assessments in the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.

Mr Maude holds a first class honours degree in politics from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Arts (International Relations) from the Australian National University.

Professor Anthea Roberts

Professor Anthea Roberts from the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) specialises in public international law, international economic law, comparative international law and geoeconomics. She has previously taught at the London School of Economics, Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Professor Roberts chairs the ANU Working Group on Geoeconomics and has presented on the US-China tech/trade tensions in the United States, Europe, China and Australia. She is Australia’s most highly cited international economic lawyer and was recently named by The Australian as the world’s most highly cited international lawyer. Anthea has experience working as an arbitrator, counsel and expert in international disputes.

Dr Malcolm Cook

Malcolm Cook is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute. From 2003 to 2010, he was the Institute’s inaugural East Asia Program Director. He completed a PhD in International Relations from the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University. He also holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the International University of Japan and an honours degree from McGill University in Canada, his country of birth. Before moving to Australia in 2000, Malcolm lived and worked in the Philippines, South Korea and Japan. In 2011, Malcolm became the inaugural Dean of the School of International Studies at Flinders University of South Australia and in 2014, became a Senior Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore.

Malcolm is also an NSC Visiting Fellow.

Dr Bec Strating

I am a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy.

My research focuses on Australian foreign policy and maritime disputes in the Indo-Pacific. I am currently writing a monograph comparing the interests and approaches of regional non-claimant states to the South China Sea disputes. In 2019 I was awarded an Asian Studies Visiting Fellowship to research at the East West Center in Washington DC for three months. I am also a visiting affiliate fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asia in Singapore and a non-visiting fellow at the Perth US Asia Centre.

In 2019, I co-edited a special issue of the Australian Journal of Politics and History with Nick Bisley on ‘East Asia’s Contested Security Order’. In the same year, my second monograph, The Post-Colonial Security Dilemma, was published with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in 2019. In 2018, I was awarded the prestigious Boyer Prize by the Australian Institute of International Affairs for best article published in the Australian Journal of International Affairs in 2017 for my paper ‘Timor-Leste’s Foreign Policy Approach to the Timor Sea: Pipeline or Pipedream?’

I have written over 30 commentary pieces for organisations such as Lowy Institute, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, The Conversation, East Asia Forum, New Mandela, Asia Global Online and Australian Outlook. I regularly provide comment to media including the ABC, the Australian and Sydney Morning Herald. I have testified in Australian federal parliament as an expert witness. I tweet @becstrating.

I am available for research supervision in Australian politics, Australian Foreign Policy and International Relations of Asia.

RADM James Goldrick, AO CSC

James Goldrick AO, CSC joined the Royal Australian Navy as a 15 year old Cadet-Midshipman in 1974 and retired in 2012 as a two star Rear Admiral. He is a graduate of the RAN College, the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, the University of NSW (BA) and the University of New England (Master of Letters), and a Doctor of Letters honoris causa of UNSW. He saw extensive sea service with the RAN, RN and USN. He commanded HMA Ships Cessnock and Sydney (twice), the RAN task group and the multinational maritime interception force in the Persian Gulf (2002) and the Australian Defence Force Academy (2003-2006).

As a Rear Admiral, he led Australia’s Border Protection Command (2006-2008) and then commanded the Australian Defence College (2008-2011). August 2011 to March 2012 saw him acting in command of ADFA again. He is a Visiting Fellow of the Sea Power Centre-Australia, a Non-Resident Fellow of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, an Adjunct Professor of UNSW at ADFA and a Professorial Fellow of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong.

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