Countering Violent Extremism: New Research, New Networks

National Security College | Professional course
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Listen to academics conducting research that is informing local, national and international thinking and responses. Engage with senior policy makers and leaders of operational agencies working with communities.

Course date: 
8.30am–5pm 7 September 2018
#132 Crawford Building, #132 Crawford Building, 1 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

Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) is a body of research and policy at the boundaries of security and social cohesion. CVE is undergoing rapid evolution as governments, communities and academics struggle to identify what constitutes best practice to prevent the spread of extremism. In this one day course, you will discover the latest research and policy developments intended to strengthen community resilience. You will have the opportunity to listen to academics conducting research that is informing local, national and international responses.

Engage with senior policymakers and leaders of operational agencies working directly with communities in this space. Share your expertise and deepen your networks to address the challenge of violent extremism.

Designed for practitioners whose responsibilities relate to CVE – in intelligence, law enforcement, policy, social services and the private sector. We welcome participants from the Commonwealth, state and territory governments and relevant industries to a rich, research-led contest of ideas.

Course convenor

Ms Sandra Bourke

Sandra Bourke joined the National Security College in February 2018, on secondment 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 theoretical criminology part time at the University of Western Sydney (undergraduate). In 2004, Sandra helped establish and manage 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 (under Access MQ). Sandra is accredited as a Portfolio, Programme and Projects Office (P3O) Manager and as an Agile Scrum Master. In 2011, Sandra took up the position of Director, Air Force Improvement at Headquarters Air Command. In this position, Sandra and her team worked to improve national capability management across the RAAF Force Element Groups. In 2015, after completing the Defence Career Development Assessment Centre, Sandra transferred to Canberra under the 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 Masters of Social Science (Criminology) from Charles Sturt University.

Course presenter(s)

Ms Jacinta Carroll Director National Security Policy

Jacinta Carroll joined the National Security College as the Director, National Security Policy, in August 2017. She is a member of NSC’s Futures Council and works across the NSC’s professional development, policy and academic programs. Previously, Jacinta was the inaugural Head of ASPI’s Counter Terrorism Policy Centre, a position she held since August 2015. Jacinta joined ASPI from the Australian Government where she had held a variety of Senior Executive appointments, and worked in the Department of Defence and the Attorney-General’s Department. Her career experience includes working on national security, counter-terrorism, strategic policy, border security, military operations, campaign planning and scenario development, information management, and international policy with a particular focus on the Middle East and Afghanistan; she has served in Iraq. Jacinta is a graduate of the Australian National University, has post-graduate qualifications in management from Flinders University, and holds Masters degrees from the University of Sydney and Deakin University. Her Masters theses examined United Nations Peacekeeping, and Asia-Pacific Regional Security. She is a graduate of the Australian Defence College’s Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Graduate School of Management, and serves on a number of boards including the United Service Institute - ACT. She has completed the Defence and Industry Study Course, the Australian Public Sector Management Course and the Middle East Diplomats course at the Truman Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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