Russia: Resurgent or Wrecker?

National Security College | Professional course
Russia: Resurgent or Wrecker?


How important is Russia to Australian security policy? Is it a legitimate major power that deserves to be taken seriously? Is it a threat, an irritant, or even a potential future partner on security challenges? This course explores Russia’s resurgent role in global politics and security as well as its worldview.

#132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

The fee for this course is $1,300 (GST ex) for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $1,600 (GST ex).

Course overview

This course explores the significance of Russia’s resurgence as a global power and player, and the potential implications for Australia’s security interests. You will consider how seriously we should take Russia as a legitimate power – and whether we should think of it as a threat, irritant or potentially valuable political partner on selected issues.

The course charts the emergence of Russia’s muscular foreign and security policy agenda, with a particular focus on conventional conflicts, hybrid operations and information war. You will also explore critical internal factors including the state of the Russian economy, its political dynamics, defence priorities and aspirations, internal security challenges and strategic objectives.

Scope and content

Participants at this course will discuss the following issues:
• Russia’s resurgence in world affairs: context and drivers
• Russia and information warfare: from Kompromat to hybrid operations
• Russian politics, society and economy
• Russian security objectives, capabilities and influence
• Russia as a ‘Euro-Pacific’ power: myth or reality?
• Russia’s objectives and activities in Australia’s immediate region
• Implications for Australia’s security interests

Who should attend?
This course is invaluable to employees of any Commonwealth agency grappling with the question of what Russia seeks today, and what it means for Australia in the future. It is designed for officers from all departments and agencies, as well as professionals, analysts, and leaders from other organisations, who would benefit from a deeper understanding of Russia, the implications of its role as a significant geopolitical actor for Australian public policy and future Australian national security interests in particular.

Course details

• One day residential, fully-catered course.
• An ANU parking permit will be supplied.
• Course Timings: 8:30am - 5:00pm
• 2019 Dates TBC


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