Professional courses

Health and National Security

The significant strategic impact of COVID-19 has meant health is now front of mind for many national security policy and decision makers. This program aims to explore the nexus between health and national security, and how national security policy and decision makers might sensibly factor health into strategic thinking in the future.

Participants will be encouraged to take a deep dive into health (and related existential threats) as a construct of national security.

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Xi’s China: a closer look

This intermediate/advanced level course is tailored for participants with a solid academic or professional understanding of China, who seek deeper perspectives on China’s strategic rise and the complex challenges this poses in the Indo-Pacific.

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Strategic cyber

With the world’s people, businesses and infrastructure becoming globally connected, it’s in Australia’s national interest to protect our space assets from diverse threat actors.

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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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