Indo-Pacific Breakfast Series: Charting a Course through Contest and Change

National Security College | Professional course


Join us for this exciting breakfast series on the Indo-Pacific. Running over four consecutive Fridays, 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.

Past Presenters for this program include: Professor Rory Medcalf, Mr Richard Maude, Dr Tanvi Madan, Professor Meg Keen, Ms Maima Koro, Professor Anthea Roberts, Dr Malcolm Cook, RADM (Ret) James Goldrick and Dr Bec Strating.


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

Course date: 
8–10.30am 4 June 2021
8–10.30am 11 June 2021
8–10.30am 18 June 2021
8–10.30am 25 June 2021
National Security College, #132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

$1,950 (GST ex) for government, $2,340 (GST ex) open. Course is fully catered. The series comprises of four sessions over four weeks. Tickets cannot be purchased for individual sessions.

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.

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