PhD scholars

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Samuel Bashfield's picture PhD Candidate & Research Officer


Sam is a PhD candidate and research officer at the ANU National Security College. He joined the ANU in 2016 and the National Security College in April 2018. His research engages with Indian Ocean security issues, with a focus on the past, present and future of the Chagos Archipelago (British Indian Ocean Territory). He also... read more

Melanie Broder's picture
Thesis topic: Cyber deterrence: a strategic framework for Australia
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Melanie commenced her research in February 2018. Melanie will use a mixed methods approach to examine principles of deterrence in cyber space. Her study will investigate the methods and relative success of key allies including the United State and the United Kingdom; identify principles that may be appropriate for the Australian strategic context; and... read more

Andrea Fahey's picture
Thesis topic: Australia's strategic relation with Timor-Leste

Andrea commenced her PhD study at the National Security College in January 2015. She is a Political expert having dealt with five different electoral cycles during United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) 2007 and 2012 elections, and United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) 2010 elections. She was also involved in the development of a... read more

Jennifer Jackett's picture


Jennifer Jackett is a Sir Roland Wilson Scholar at the National Security College at the Australian National University. Her doctoral research examines the role of United States allies in US-China competition for leadership over advanced technologies.

Jennifer’s analysis has appeared in publications including the Australian... read more

Peter Leavy's picture
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I am currently a part-time PhD candidate at the National Security College, Australian National University. I am also a serving officer in the Royal Australian Navy, currently posted as the Australian Naval Attache to the United States, based in the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. During my 34 year naval career I have been fortunate enough to... read more

Alexander Lee's picture
Thesis topic: The Politicisation of Australian Croatian Nationalists: 1952-1972

Alex is a PhD candidate at the National Security College studying the relationship between Australia’s Conservative parties, the Liberal and Country party, and Croatian Nationalists during the Cold War. Alex has previously researched Australia’s relationship with Rhodesia and Southern Africa in the 1970s. He commenced his PhD research in 2018. Prior to... read more

Courteney O'Connor's picture
Thesis topic: The securitization of cyberspace and the development of cyber counterintelligence

Courteney commenced her PhD studies with the National Security College in March 2016. After undergraduate studies in French, Spanish and politics, Courteney completed a Masters of International Studies at the University of Otago before pursuing a Master of International Security, specialising in Intelligence, with Massey University.

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Briliantina commenced her PhD study at the NSC in September 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Indonesia and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the RSIS Singapore.

Briliantina has been working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia since 2004. She has been dealing with issues such as... read more

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Thesis topic: Evaluating the coordination of multi-organisational crisis response within Australia

Jamie commenced his doctoral studies within the National Security College in March 2016. Jamie is a natural scientist by training, holding a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the James Cook University in 1992. More recently he completed a Master of Studies (Advanced) within the Australian National University incorporating studies across the fields of... read more

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Abdul Rahman Yaacob is a PhD candidate with the National Security College (NSC) at the Australian National University (ANU).

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