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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.

Removal of Putin from power only way to end Ukraine horror

Russia’s war with Ukraine has not gone as well as expected. Most Western experts predicted that Russia’s reformed and modernised military would swiftly overrun the Ukrainian armed forces.

Rethink needed on Russia-Ukraine war and “wicked problems” of 21st century

The current war between Ukraine and Russia demonstrates the failings of governments to embrace strategy and statecraft, according to experts at The Australian National University (ANU).

A Korean-Australian Scholar of Australia-Korea Relations

Dr Peter K. Lee reflects on his PhD journey with the Bell School’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) at the Australian National University.

Women in Asia-Pacific Security Research Seminar Series 2020-21

Professor Evelyn Goh has been awarded an ANU Gender Institute Grant 2020-21 for her project, the ‘Women in Asia-Pacific Security Research’ (WIAPSR) Seminar Series.

Call for papers: Special 'Security Challenges' issue on Geoeconomics

This Special Issue will focus on the current debates on geoeconomics and economic statecraft, which necessitates new ways of conceptualising global challenges.


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