Australia, defence, foreign policy, security, strategy, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, China, Asia, United States, alliances

Payne sensibly says no to Pompeo's coalition of the willing

AUSMIN Australia has avoided signing up to some new ‘coalition of the willing’. But big questions about our strategic future still await answers.

It’s one thing to build war fighting capability, it’s another to build industrial capability

Graeme Dunk, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre PhD Candidate, discusses the $270 billion upgrade the defence force.

Scott Morrison is right: we need to protect ourselves

Paul Dibb from our Department of Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and the principal author of the 1987 Defence White Paper discusses the significance of this pivot in a much more pessimistic world.

Common wealth? The state of Australian foreign policy

Dr Andrew Carr from our Strategic and Defence Studies Centre discusses the need to understand the role of State Government's in shaping Australia's position in the world.

The illusion of a middle power moment

To be a middle power requires a modest disbelief in power. These states take their medium-sized resources and direct them towards big objectives. This may be reactive, searching for self-preservation in the face of a hostile larger power. It might also be proactive, trying to shape institutions and norms to build a more hospitable environment.

What Allies Want: Reconsidering Loyalty, Reliability, and Alliance Interdependence

Iain Henry, Lecturer in the Strategic Studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre discusses the relationship of strategic allies.

Putin on a perilous rodeo ride of connected crises

Paul Dibb AM, Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre discusses the crises Russia is facing.

Australia must get better at picking its fights with China

Hugh White AO, Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre discusses how Australia’s bold defiance of Beijing has been enormously counterproductive for the relationship.

Three ARC grant successes for Bell School

Congrats to Cecila Jacob, Evelyn Goh and Stephan Fruehling on winning ARC grants.

Rock Concerts, Google, Defence

From Sydney, to the Middle East and back again to organise rock concerts with Wiz Khalifa, then working for Google and now the Department of Defence, Joel Einstein credits his degree at the Coral Bell School for getting him there. Joel studied the Master of Strategic Studies (Advanced) at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre (SDSC). He contributes making the move to several factors - how highly people spoke of ANU, the Strategic Studies course was the perfect mix of his interests, the close link to government the School maintains, and the opportunity to network. "I loved it because I was studying the things I enjoyed debating around the dinner table - topics such as the South China Sea, insurgencies, North Korea and all the while experts in the field were walking me through it." Joel was also able to further his interests in Indonesia. In his thesis titled 'Analysing Australian Strategic Discourse on Indonesia in the Post Suharto Period, 1998 - 2016' he presented the discord between how strongly Australia prioritises Indonesia, versus the number of times (and the way) Indonesia is being written about in literature. Concurrent to his degree, Joel worked for Google where he managed relationships with stakeholders and ran training seminars for people to better understand and interact with Google products. Directly prior to his studies at SDSC, Joel had taken intensive Arabic and Hebrew language courses in Israel, Palestine and Jordan. When he returned to Australia, he worked for the NGO RockCorps which organises concerts with the world's biggest names. But with a catch - the only way to get a ticket is to volunteer. In 2018, Joel accepted a Graduate Program offer with the Department of Defence working in areas of policy linked to the subject matter taught at SDSC. Joel says that since starting in the workforce he has been able to successfully employ the ideas and concepts he was taught in the degree and that it has been very satisfying and validating. Joel is excited about what the future holds, but for now he's just looking forward to exploring his new field and to put what he has learnt at SDSC into practice.

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