Democratic Resilience and National Security Policy

National Security College | Professional course



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Australia and its democratic partners are facing a generational challenge to the very notion of what liberal democracies are. A set of threats are emerging that call for new thinking around national security and how to ensure democracies remain resilient. They include a shifting regional and global order, increased efforts by foreign actors to degrade the processes of democracy, and the manipulation of internal domestic stresses that undermine public trust. These challenges cut across traditional divides, encompassing politics, society, and economics, with a variety of new threat vectors. As hostile actors seek to exploit cyber vulnerabilities, social pressure points and use other hybrid strategies against us, the NSC seeks to shape national and international best practice on responding to these threats. Our approach is analytical, geared around identifying weaknesses across the spectrum of democratic politics. It is also prescriptive, seeking to design and propose new innovative policy solutions to these challenges.


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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