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 supports the NSC’s Indo-... 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

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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

Yasmin Hassen's picture
Thesis topic: The Foreign Aid and Terrorism Nexus: Analysing the Cost of (In)Security in Somalia

Yasmin commenced her doctoral studies at the NSC in February 2017. She holds a BA (Global), Post Graduate Diploma in European and International Studies as well as a Master of Arts by Research from Monash University and a Master of Diplomacy from ANU. Yasmin has professional and voluntary experience working in the delivery of programs and development of... read more

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Sylvia Laksmi's picture
Thesis topic: The analysis of government capabilities in countering the social network-based terrorist financing

Sylvia Laksmi, an Indonesian national, is a renown subject matter expert in the field of International Relations and Terrorism Studies-International Security. She has worked as a Senior Advisor/Researcher in the Indonesian Government since 2007 in the specialised areas of financial crimes intelligence investigations. Therefore, she has a breadth of... read more

Sahar Latheef's picture
Thesis topic: Human enhancement applications in the military

Sahar is a Doctoral candidate at the National Security College. Her research looks at human enhancement applications in the military with a focus on cognitive enhancements and the impact on moral responsibility.

Sahar has a background in biomedical engineering with professional experience in biomedical research and in industry. Prior to joining... 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

James Mortensen's picture

James commenced his doctoral studies at the National Security College in June 2015. He attained a Bachelor of Theology at the University of Newcastle in 2011 and achieved First class Honours (Religious Studies) the following year. After completing his studies James started a band, performing up and down the east coast of NSW, working in a variety of odd... 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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Profile: William A. Stoltz


Department of Defence, 2016-

Policy Officer, International Relations Office of the Department of Social Services, 2015-2016

Australian Foreign Policy Fellow, Young Australians in International Affairs (YAIA), 2015

Diplomatic Adviser to Israel’s Ambassador to Australia, 2014-... 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

Ana Stuparu's picture
Thesis topic: Cyber security and culture: which way does the current flow?

After growing up in the Middle East, Ana obtained a dual major Bachelor degree in hospitality management and business administration from Hotel Institute Montreux (Switzerland) and Northwood University (USA). In 2009, Ana then moved to Australia and focused her postgraduate interests on international relations and security studies. In January 2016, she... 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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