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Jake Blight's picture Associate Professor

Jake Blight joined the ANU National Security College in January 2022 as an Associate Professor. He has been working in the field of National Security Law for over 20 years. In that time, Jake has worked in a range of roles including in the Australian Government Solicitor, as a General Counsel and as the Deputy and Acting Inspector-General of Intelligence... read more

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George Brandis joined ANU in June 2022 as a Professor in the Practice of National Security, Policy and Law, in a joint appointment with the National Security College and the ANU College of Law.

Professor Brandis is a graduate of the University of Queensland and the University of Oxford. He is a barrister by profession, specialising in commercial... read more

David Brewster's picture Senior Fellow
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My work as a Senior Research Fellow focuses on security in India and the Indian Ocean region, and Indo-Pacific maritime affairs.My books include India as an Asia Pacific power, about India’s strategic role in the Asia Pacific, and India’s Ocean: the story of India’s bid for regional leadership, which examines India’s strategic ambitions in the Indian... read more

Michael Cohen's picture Senior Lecturer
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From September 2022 through January 2023 Dr. Michael Cohen is Partners Across the Globe Fellow at NATO Defence College, Rome.

Dr. Michael Cohen is convenor of the NSC’s PhD program. He has expertise in International Security with an empirical focus on the Indo-Pacific. His more specific research interests include the causes and implications for... read more

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Benjamin Herscovitch's picture Research Fellow

Dr Benjamin Herscovitch is a Research Fellow jointly appointed to the ANU National Security College (NSC) and the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). His primary areas of research are Australia-China relations, China’s economic statecraft, and Australian foreign and defence policy. He is a member of the ANU Working Group on Geoeconomics... read more

Danielle Ireland-Piper's picture Associate Professor

Dr. Danielle Ireland-Piper is Associate Professor at the ANU National Security College. She has a PhD from the University of Queensland and an LLM from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Chevening and Pegasus Scholar. Her teaching and research expertise includes constitutional law, comparative law, and international law (including space law,... read more

Duncan Lewis's picture Professor

Major General Duncan Lewis AO, DSC, CSC was appointed to the position of Professor in the Practice of National Security at the ANU National Security College in June 2021.

He recently completed his five-year term as Director General of Security and Head of the Australian Security intelligence Service (ASIO). This was the last appointment in a 47... read more

Katherine Mansted's picture Senior Fellow

Katherine Mansted is a Senior Fellow in the Practice of National Security at the ANU National Security College. She is also the Director of Cyber Intelligence at CyberCX, Australia and New Zealand’s largest cyber security services company. Katherine regularly briefs government officials, business leaders and public audiences on national security policy... read more

Rory Medcalf AM's picture Professor
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Professor Rory Medcalf has been Head of the National Security College (NSC) at the Australian National University since January 2015. He has led the expansion of the College into policy engagement and futures analysis, as well as executive development, education and research. This has positioned the College as ‘more than a think tank’ and a widely-... read more

James Mortensen's picture Lecturer

Dr. James Mortensen has three main research streams; the history and philosophy of political security, the use of technology in social control, and the security implications of freshwater management in Australia. He convenes courses in emerging technology, climate, and research skills.

James loves watching birds, hates birdwatching, and can’t... read more

Heather Smith's picture Professor

Dr Heather Smith PSM was appointed as a Professor at the ANU National Security College in June 2021. Before this Dr Smith served as Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science from September 2017-January 2020. As CEO, Heather led a department of over 2,300 staff, a portfolio of around 10,000 staff, and was a key contributor to... read more

Elise Stephenson's picture Fellow, National Security College and Research Fellow, Global Institute for Women's Leadership

2022 Fulbright Scholar and Overall Outstanding Young Alumnus for 2020, Dr Elise Stephenson is a researcher with extensive experience across diplomacy, national security, government, entrepreneurship, and diversity and inclusion.

Dr Stephenson is a multi award-winning gender researcher with an entrepreneurial background, whose work focuses on... read more

Sue Thompson's picture Associate Professor
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Dr Sue Thompson has extensive experience in academia, government, the media and the non-government sector. Her research specialisation examines the history of regional cooperation in Southeast Asia during the Cold War with a focus on foreign and defence policy influences in the post-war evolution of Southeast Asian regionalism. Dr Thompson has conducted... read more

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