Professional courses

Navigating the Emerging Geoeconomic Order

National security and economics are often treated as separate realms, both in policymaking and scholarship.

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Nuclear Submarines and National Security

The planned purchase of nuclear submarines under the AUKUS partnership presents capability, support, and policy challenges for Australia.

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Risk for national security practitioners

In an era of geopolitical turmoil, a global pandemic, climate change and misinformation, astute risk identification, assessment and management are vital to effective national security policy. This program will equip participants with tools and strategies to understand, quantify and mitigate risk in the national security context.

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Introduction to futures analysis: creating practical insight

Thinking proactively about the future operating landscape and taking a systematic approach to understanding future possibilities and risks, is an increasingly vital tool of enquiry for national security professionals. Suitable for new starters and experienced policy and intelligence professionals, this course combines theory, methodology and practical activities into futures analysis skills you can apply every day in the workplace.

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Understanding Canberra: the national security ecosystem

This new program will explore national security frameworks, architecture, decision making and oversight. Aimed at graduates and early career policymakers, this is a short crash course in Australia’s national security ecosystem, how it interacts with other areas of policy and how the national security community really works. Content will be at the unclassified level and participants do not need a security clearance to attend.

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Analytical techniques for policy makers

This course introduces participants to a range of powerful analytic techniques used by intelligence analysts. Policy makers at all levels will learn practical ways to improve creative and critical thinking, analysis and develop robust recommendations.

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Artificial intelligence and AI governance

Artificial intelligence has captured the popular imagination, yet it is a complex set of technologies that remains ill-defined and poorly understood. This program cuts through both fear and hype to explore how AI can and should be used in different domains, with a focus on its implications for national security, ethics and geopolitics. Participants will be encouraged to assess how AI could be deployed in their own organisational contexts.

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Indo-Pacific breakfast series

Over four consecutive Fridays in June, this series examines the Indo-Pacific as a strategic concept. Participants will dive deep into the geopolitical, economic and security considerations for the Indo-Pacific and the behaviour of key regional actors. How can Australia operate more effectively in its immediate neighbourhood, which is now often touted as the most dynamic region in the world?

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Legal literacy

National security policy practitioners, particularly those involved in risk, governance, and compliance, must be familiar with the laws and regulations that enables their work and underpins public confidence and trust. This two-day program, co-designed with the ANU College of Law, introduces participants to – and provides updates on – legislative frameworks, reforms and oversight mechanisms that scaffold our national security sector.

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Transnational serious and organised crime

Transnational, serious, and organised crime (TSOC) is becoming increasingly complex, obscuring the boundaries between law enforcement and national security.

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