Powered by People: National Security Futures Conference

Crawford School of Public Policy | National Security College

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 01 April 2020 to Thursday 02 April 2020


Hyatt Hotel, 120 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla


A list of International and domestic speakers - visit the webstie for details


Chris Farnham
02 6125 1220

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1-2 April, 2020 – Hyatt Hotel, Canberra

The National Security College (NSC) is hosting a major, international conference on national security futures. The conference theme – Powered by People – reflects the conviction that people and societies are frontline actors in national security matters. The social realm can be a source of strategic surprise, and of resilience and dynamism. The event aims to subvert one common approach to futures analysis: an emphasis on technology and geopolitics that leaves people out of focus.

The conference will focus on where in the social realm we might find black swans, black elephants, and sources of strategic surprise and how we can adapt our institutions, policy settings, and national security capabilities to ensure resilience – and relevance – in the face of social disruption and discontinuity.

The conference will assemble over 15 leading thinkers and practitioners from across Australia and the globe with diverse backgrounds – including experts in activism, democracy, economics, ethics, fiction, history, international relations, journalism, law, politics, security and intelligence, and technology.

Nanjala Nayabola, James Clapper, Dino Patti Djalal, Prue Clark, Ketty Chen, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Peter Greste, Samanta Hofman, John Birmingham, Tom Nichols, Raihan Ismail and more…

Join us to discuss the futures of: • democracy • authoritarianism • dissent • identity • the public square & the media • technology, culture & power • resilience and social cohesion.

The conference will be a centrepiece of NSC’s 10-year anniversary celebrations – and we look forward to you joining the discussion!

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