2018 Professional courses

The CVE-CT Spectrum

Terrorism has emerged as one of the defining security challenges of our age. The imperatives of counter-terrorism (CT) and countering violent extremism (CVE) now permeate the policy and operational activities of federal and state governments, law enforcement agencies, business and the community at large. This course considers the spectrum of policy tools and responses: how we might prevent the growth of violent extremism as well as disrupt terrorist planning and counter attacks.

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Understanding Russia

Russia: Resurgent or Wrecker?

How important is Russia to Australian security policy? Is it a legitimate major power that deserves to be taken seriously? Is it a threat, an irritant, or even a potential future partner on security challenges? This course explores Russia’s resurgent role in global politics and security as well as its worldview.

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The Relationship between Intelligence and Policy in National Security

The Relationship between Intelligence and Policy in National Security

Australia’s national security environment demands enhanced interaction and collaboration between intelligence providers and policy-making officials. How can we get the most out of these relationships and meet the challenges of a transforming environment?

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Maritime Security

Australia, as a large island nation, has substantial maritime interests to protect and critical interests in the current global and regional maritime order. But the maritime order is under increasing pressure.

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Creating Insight: An Introduction to Futures Analysis

Our world is rapidly changing and disruption has become the new norm. Thinking proactively about the future security landscape, and taking a systematic approach to understanding future possibilities and risks, is a vital skillset for contemporary security professionals.

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Cyber Challenges for the National Security Community

The Dimensions of Cyber - Challenges & Opportunities

Cyber and the convergence of technology presents both opportunities and risks for Australia – economically and strategically. It permeates our social fabric and at its highest level can influence major political outcomes. The ability to harness the power of cyber through legal, social and ethical measures is fundamental to Australia’s prosperity and global position. In this course, you will explore the dimensions of cyber to gain a greater understanding of the depth and breadth of this influential and ever-evolving domain.

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China Rising: Australia’s Policy Options

China has assumed the role of a major geopolitical actor. Australia needs to understand key aspects of China’s development, worldview and outlook in order to negotiate shifts in strategic weight and economic influence. This course is a critical conversation on the implications of a rising China for Australia’s interests.

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Fake news graphic by Voice of America

The New Weapons: Propaganda, Misinformation and Fake News

A host of global actors, state and non-state, are increasingly leveraging technology to harness the power of information – and using it as a weapon. How do they seek to undermine Australia’s security, the competitiveness of Australian businesses, and confidence in our democratic institutions? What are the implications for global and national security? And is Australia prepared?

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Intelligence Techniques for Policymakers

Have you ever wondered how intelligence professionals work through complex problems, identify alternative options or futures and test their thinking? Intelligence analysts routinely use a range of structured and group techniques to improve analysis by minimising common biases and groupthink. These techniques can greatly benefit policymakers at all stages of policy analysis and development.

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Nuclear Policy and Security

Nuclear Policy and Security

This course provides with a comprehensive introduction to nuclear policy and an overview of the basics of nuclear science and weapons, the global landscape of capabilities and doctrines, and persistent concerns about proliferation.

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United States of America: Rethinking the US’s Role in the World

The United States’ post-WWII role as the security guarantor in our region appears to be under siege by an ‘America first’ agenda at home and assertive rising powers abroad. This course looks to separate the substance of shifting power relations from the hyperbole of the news cycle. It will help you to critically examine the trajectory of the US’s role in the world through the lens of Australia’s interests.

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Risk for National Security Practitioners

Accurate assessment of risk appetite is a core requirement for dealing successfully with the complexities and challenges in Australia’s national security environment. This course will enable you to think critically about risk in the national security context

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Antarctica

With growing interest from existing and potential claimants, the strategic and security dimensions of access to and control of Antarctica are becoming clear. The leadership role Australia has held in Antarctic affairs cannot be taken for granted.

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Ethics and Technologies of War

Ethics and Technologies of War

Decisions around war and warfare are invariably tied to matters of life, death and national survival. This course examines ethical norms of the use of armed force for political purposes with a particular focus on the relationship between those norms and military technologies. You will explore how, and the extent to which, ethical and technological considerations can and should influence strategic and tactical decisions.

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Women and National Security: The Essentials

International research has revealed that the security and equality of women is a vital factor in the security performance of the state. It demonstrates that increasing women’s participation and ensuring gender diversity in decision-making leads to better security outcomes – within organisations and at the level of the state.

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Climate Change and National Security

Climate Change and National Security

Climate change is both a threat multiplier and a transformative force. It exacerbates tensions in areas with existing global instability, increasing the risk and changing the nature of conflict in international relations.

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Great powers in the Indo-Pacific

Great powers in the Indo-Pacific

The course will expose you to the underlying policy debates behind the Indo-Pacific idea, and what it means for Australia’s defence and diplomatic priorities, as well as key relationships, including with China, India, Japan, Indonesia and the United States.

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Understanding India

India: The Emerging Strategic Player

Looking at challenges and opportunities over the next three to five years, the courses examine India’s developing characteristics, including the state of the economy, political and social outlooks, defence priorities and aspirations, technical innovation, internal security challenges, strategic objectives, and implications for Australian interests.

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Indonesia: Standing at the Pivot Point

Indonesia: Standing at the Pivot Point

Looking at challenges and opportunities over the next three to five years, the courses examine Indonesia’s developing characteristics, including the state of the economy, political and social outlooks, defence priorities and aspirations, technical innovation, internal security challenges, strategic objectives, and implications for Australian interests.

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Japan: Partner in the Indo-Pacific

Japan: Partner in the Indo-Pacific

Looking at challenges and opportunities over the next three to five years, the courses examine Japan’s developing characteristics, including the state of the economy, political and social outlooks, defence priorities and aspirations, technical innovation, internal security challenges, strategic objectives, and implications for Australian interests.

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Papua New Guinea: Problem or Partner in National Security?

Papua New Guinea: Problem or Partner in National Security?

Looking at challenges and opportunities over the next three to five years, the course examine the developing characteristics of Papua New Guinea, including the state of the economy, political and social outlooks, defence priorities and aspirations, technical innovation, internal security challenges, strategic objectives, and implications for Australian interests.

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Understanding the Korean Peninsula

The Korean Peninsula: An Enduring Security Dilemma

Looking at challenges and opportunities over the next three to five years, the course examine the developing characteristics of the two Koreas, including the state of their economies, political and social outlooks, defence priorities and aspirations, technical innovation, internal security challenges, strategic objectives, and implications for Australian interests.

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