The Korean Peninsula: An Enduring Security Dilemma

National Security College | Professional course

Summary

Looking at challenges and opportunities over the next three to five years, the course examines the current political characteristics of the two Koreas, focusing on recent developments in the region and with the USA. The course will examine the economy, political and social outlooks, defence priorities and aspirations, technical innovation, internal security challenges, strategic objectives, and implications for global, regional and Australian interests.

Course date: 
9am–5pm 9 October 2019
Venue: 
#132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Cost: 

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

Looking at challenges and opportunities over the next three to five years, the course examines the current political characteristics of the two Koreas, focusing on recent developments in the region and with the USA. The course will examine the economy, political and social outlooks, defence priorities and aspirations, technical innovation, internal security challenges, strategic objectives, and implications for global, regional and Australian interests.

Scope and content

Participants at this course will discuss the following issues
• Geopolitics and economics of the two Koreas
• The military balance on the Korean Peninsula
• Inside North Korea, including the current status of the nuclear program
• The interests of China, Japan, Russia, the United States and Australia in relation to the Korean Peninsula
• A hypothetical crisis scenario

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 Koreas, their implications for Australian public policy and Australian national security interests in particular.

Course details

• Two day residential, fully-catered course.
• An ANU parking permit will be supplied.
• Course Timings: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Registration

Please click here to register or contact us at nsc.epdnominations@anu.edu.au for further information.

“The combination of very dynamic and well-informed speakers with interactive elements that allowed us to analyse and apply what we had learned during the day made the course both really engaging and really rewarding.”

Course convenor

Ms Sandra Bourke

Sandra Bourke joined the National Security College in February 2018, on secondment from the Home Affairs portfolio, as a Manager in the Executive and Professional Development team. Her career focus has been on intelligence, criminology and defence, in particular delivering and managing technology as an enabling capability for national security. Sandra’s career commenced in 1990 as a serving AFP Detective before moving into intelligence management positions at the former National Crime Authority and at the NSW Police. Between 1996 and 1998, Sandra also taught criminology at the University of Western Sydney (undergrad). In 2004, Sandra established the first NSW Police Project Management Office. A highlight project was the establishment of the State Crime Command. This role led to broader PM experience in the private sector with a focus on technology. This included operational management at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University. In 2011, Sandra took up the position of Director, Air Force Improvement at Headquarters Air Command. In 2015, Sandra was transferred to Canberra under the Defence Executive Development program. She recently returned to the criminal justice sector, focusing on ICT capabilities for national security. Sandra’s academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Education and Government) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Social Science (Criminology) from Charles Sturt University. Sandra is currently completing in a Master of National Security Policy (Advanced) at the ANU NSC.

Course presenter(s)

Dr Michael Cohen

Dr Michael Cohen’s research addresses international security in the Indo-Pacific and explores the causes of armed interstate conflict. His expertise covers nuclear weapons proliferation, the Korean peninsula, South Asia, deterrence and coercion, leaders, foreign policy decision-making and the US-Australia alliance. He regularly provides media commentary on these issues. Dr Cohen’s first book, When Proliferation Causes Peace: The Psychology of Nuclear Crises (Georgetown University Press: 2017), addressed how nuclear proliferation influences states’ foreign policy. His co-edited book North Korea and Nuclear Weapons: Entering the New Era of Deterrence (Georgetown University Press: 2017, with Sung Chull Kim) addressed the impact of North Korea’s nuclear program on the Korean peninsula. Dr Cohen’s other completed and ongoing research addresses nuclear proliferation, deterrence, leaders and foreign policy decision-making and the US’ alliances with South Korea and Australia. It has been published in journals such as The Journal of Global Security Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, The Non-Proliferation Review and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. Dr Cohen is interested in supervising Master and PhD level research broadly related to his interests. He has twelve years of teaching experience in Australia, Canada and Denmark. Prior to joining the ANU National Security College in 2018, he was Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Security Studies program at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University (2015-2017) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Center for War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark (2012-2015). Dr Cohen was also a visiting scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University (2014).

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