Energy: Implications for Australia’s National Security

National Security College | Professional course



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Emerging energy trends have important implications for political, economic, commercial and military realms. With heightened geostrategic tensions, oil price wars, the rise of renewables and climate concerns, these trends increasingly sit at the intersection of the exercise of national power and international security.

Australia arguably takes secure supplies of energy for granted. But how secure is our energy, and what are the implications for our country of energy supply shortages or barriers? Australia’s significant dependence upon imported fuel represents a vulnerability and the security of access to markets as a producer of energy (gas and uranium) is a critical national interest.

This one-day program provides a critical understanding of contemporary energy security – its various conceptualisations, relationship to other forms of security and embeddedness in the modern economy. In particular, you will consider energy as a tool of statecraft and what that means for Australia. You will explore the current energy landscape in terms of markets, governments, businesses and international institutions and look at how new technologies may impact patterns of trade and alliances.
Participants will explore contemporary energy security challenges and the implications for national and international security. Energy security will be considered from the perspective of diverse states and their divergent paths to secure it. This will include critical case studies such as the Iran nuclear deal, Russia’s gas pipeline diplomacy, the US shale revolution, Saudi Arabia’s oil price war, growing energy demand in the Asia-Pacific and Elon Musk’s batteries in South Australia.

This course is designed for practitioners in the Australian national security community, in the public and private sectors, who would benefit from an improved awareness of the relevance of energy to national security debates and priorities.


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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