A nation’s strategic culture affects how it conceptualises and acts on its national interests and how it responds to changes in the international environment. Australia’s strategic culture has changed several times throughout its history, and contemporary trends in geopolitics potentially means it faces another such moment. Shifts in strategic culture have significant implications for the strategic policy workforce within Commonwealth agencies and departments and the future management, activities and priorities of those agencies.
Understanding how Australia’s strategic culture changes is therefore vital for policy advisers in today’s world. This course will explore how and why Australia’s strategic culture has changed; the forces driving a new period of change; what role the civil service can have on shaping strategic culture; and what the structural effects of such change can be.
No security clearance required.