Professional courses

Antarctica Issues and Concepts

Antarctica

With growing interest from existing and potential claimants, the leadership role Australia has held in Antarctic affairs cannot be taken for granted. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Antarctic affairs and current policy initiatives and future challenges for the Antarctica.

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Understanding China

China Rising: Australia’s Policy Options

Looking at challenges and opportunities over the next three to five years, this course examines China’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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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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The CVE-CT Spectrum

This course focuses on how Australia can most effectively protect itself from terrorism and violent extremism in ways consistent with its democratic system and community values. 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.

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Cyber Challenges for the National Security Community

Cyber Challenges for the National Security Community

Cyberspace as the fifth domain of human activity presents a number of challenges for the government and the private sector. The economy is digitally connected and the internet fundamental to business, improving productivity, be global competitiveness and ensuring the social wellbeing of citizens.

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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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Information Wars

A host of actors across the landscape of global technology are increasingly using information as a weapon. Take a more coordinated, strategic planning approach to the protection of information, the implications for Australia’s national security and the wider region.

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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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Maritime Security

Australia, as an island nation, has core maritime interests to protect and critical interests in the maritime order.

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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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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 Russia

Russia: Resurgent or Wrecker?

Looking at challenges and opportunities over the next three to five years, the courses examines Russia’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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The Relationship between Intelligence and Policy in National Security

The Relationship between Intelligence and Policy in National Security

There is increasing need for enhanced interaction and collaboration between intelligence providers and policy-making officials in the national security community. This practical course identifies the relevant issues facing participants and their organisations.

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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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Understanding USA

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

With the outcome of 2016’s US Presidential Election, the world entered a new era. President Trump has pursued an ‘America-first’ strategy, which includes threats to walk away from NATO, a suggestion that Japan and South Korea should have nuclear weapons and that the US would likely scale back the pivot to Asia.

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