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The security landscape is changing rapidly. Challenges to the US-led security order are advancing faster than anticipated. They are both old and new – from cyber security and foreign interference to transnational terrorism and weapons of mass destruction – posing multiple threats, increasing uncertainty, instability and risk. Meanwhile, concerns about the rise of China and America’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific are prompting new trading and defence arrangements.
How will nations, including Australia, navigate these challenges? What might the future security order look like?
Sitting at the nexus of international and domestic threats and opportunities, national security is at the heart of contemporary statecraft. The next generation of security policy specialists will need to respond rapidly and with sound judgement.
In this seminar, ANU National Security College academics and policy professionals will share their insights into the emerging security environment. College staff will also be on hand following the seminar to discuss the benefits of a career in national security.
Professor Rory Medcalf is the Head of the National Security College since. He has almost three decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks and journalism. He was the Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute from 2007 to 2015. Prior to that, Professor Medcalf was a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments and an Australian diplomat.
Associate Professor Matthew Sussex is the Academic Director at the National Security College. His main research specialisation is on Russian foreign and security policy, but his interests also cover government and politics in Eurasia, strategic studies, terrorism and counter terrorism, energy security and Australian foreign policy. He is particularly interested in contemporary trends in violent conflict, especially in ‘hybrid’ warfare and in the evolution of propaganda.