National Security College | Professional course



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The course critically considers the underlying policy debates behind the Indo-Pacific as a strategic concept, and the implications for Australia’s defence and diplomatic priorities, as well as key relationships, including with China, India, Japan, Indonesia and the United States. You will engage directly with leading experts and policymakers on the Indo-Pacific concept, as well as participate in a hypothetical exercise based on plausible policy dilemmas for Australia involving great power competition in the Indian Ocean.

The idea of the ‘Indo-Pacific’ has rapidly emerged as a dominant concept in security, defence and foreign policy in recent years. There are questions about the implications for Australia’s interests, policy options, capability choices and selection of preferred international partnerships. This course puts the emerging issue and concept of the Indo-Pacific into a worldview shaped around a dynamic, whole-of-government understanding of Australia’s interests and policy opportunities. It identifies the economic, geopolitical and strategic drivers of this new way of understanding Australia’s region, and the opportunities this offers to policymakers.

This two-day program will identify key conceptual and policy issues, challenges and opportunities in relation to the Indo-Pacific concept including what it means for key international relationships, strategic challenges and priorities for the national security community. This will be informed by consideration of the intersecting security, geopolitical and economic factors driving change in Australia’s regional landscape.

This course is designed for those seeking a deeper understanding of the dynamics shaping the Indo-Pacific and the implications for Australia.


This program has not been scheduled for 2020 but will run if there is sufficient interest. Please email to register your interest.

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