Clever Country in a Changed World: Re-Thinking Australian Science Policy

Vol: 
17
Author name: 
Paul Harris
Publisher: 
The National Security College
Year: 
2021
Month: 
April
Abstract: 

The global science and technology system has undergone massive change since 2000 and is now a key site of geoeconomic competition between states. For the first time in Australia’s history, its most significant partner for science collaboration will be a country other than its principal ally, the United States.

Australia’s successful model for science has relied upon uncommonly high levels of international engagement, but in this new world that model also brings new risks. There is a need to systematically re-think how the Australian science system engages with the rest of the world and delivers value to the nation.

In this Policy Options Paper, Paul Harris — Adjunct Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology — explores the new world order Australian science finds itself within and outlines a new approach to advance the national interest, sharing specific policy recommendations.

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