The National Security College leads research projects aimed at identifying opportunities for policy development and strategies to address emerging global challenges and risks. Both globally and locally, the potential for conflict over resources, influence and ideas has important ramifications for Australian security.
This stream focuses on ‘traditional’ challenges linked to power, as well as non-traditional security issues that threaten existing regional security orders. Its emphasis is on exploring the security strategies of key actors in areas undergoing significant change or instability. This includes the Indo-Pacific, as Australia’s direct region of geostrategic interest, as well as sites of competition and conflict in the Middle East, the former USSR and Central Asia, and the transatlantic security space. Our research in these areas seeks to:
- uncover the factors driving competition between major actors in regions important to Australian interests, and chart their likely implications and trajectories
- analyse the effects of changing social, economic, cultural and political conditions on the policy postures of key regional actors
- understand the global, transnational and/or environmental security phenomena occurring across these regions
- explore the potential for common regional responses to region-wide challenges, and
- identify obstacles to effective regional policy coordination and propose creative solutions to them.