Understanding India: a complex strategic partner

National Security College | Professional course



India is rising to greater prominence in Australia’s external relations against a backdrop of great power transitions and growing strategic rivalry in the Indo-Pacific region. The Prime Minister has described India as a natural and like-minded partner with shared values and interests, while the Foreign Minister has described closer ties with India as critical for providing ballast in the region and the international system. This intensive one-day program critically considers India’s place as a global strategic player and key partner for Australia, focussing on economics; foreign, defence and strategic policy; societal and demographic enablers and constraints; and the implications of these complex factors for Australian policy and decision makers.

The program is designed for practitioners who would benefit from a deeper understanding of India and the opportunities and limitations of closer Australia – India relations


Please click here to register or contact us at epd.nsc@anu.edu.au or on (02) 6125 2233 for further information. NSC will reschedule this course for later in 2021.

#132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

$1,300 (GST ex) for government, $1,560 (GST ex) open rate. Course is fully catered and parking permit is supplied.

Course presenter(s)

Professor Rory Medcalf

Professor Rory Medcalf has been Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University since January 2015. He has led the expansion of the College into policy engagement as well as education, executive development and research. His professional background involves more than two decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks and journalism, including a formative role as 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 analysis agency. He was also an Australian diplomat, with wide experience including a posting to New Delhi, a secondment to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, truce monitoring after the civil conflict in Bougainville and policy development on Asian security institutions. Professor Medcalf has been prominent in developing Australia’s relations with India. He has been Associate Director of the Australia-India Institute and Senior Research Fellow in Indian Strategic Affairs at the University of New South Wales. He has been recognised as a thought leader internationally for his work on the Indo-Pacific concept of the Asian maritime strategic environment. Professor Medcalf was a member of the expert panel providing independent advice on the Australian Government’s 2016 Defence White Paper. His research areas include Australia’s security challenges, the further development of an Indo-Pacific concept of the Asian strategic environment, China-India relations, and prospects for maritime and nuclear stability in Indo-Pacific Asia, on which he has led projects funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

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