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  • 29 Nov 2018 3:18 PM | Catherine Scott (Administrator)

    The report was launched in Canberra by Senator the Hon David Fawcett, Assistant Minister for Defence and Commodore Stephen Hughes, CSC RAN, Director-General Littoral today.

    Cullen AM, CSC, Simon, Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicles in the Maritime Environment circa 2035: Opportunities and Challenges for the Royal Australian Navy KP22 November 2018 Summary

    Media Release Canberra 29 November 2018

  • 03 Jul 2018 10:24 AM | Anonymous

    Interested in joining the Future Strategic Leaders' Program Committee?
    The Institute for Regional Security (IFRS) is calling for expressions of interest to join the 2018/19 Future Strategic Leaders' Program (FSLP) Committee.

    About us
    The FSLP Committee is a group of young professionals, including students, engaged and/or working in the national security community with a strong interest in developing the professional skills of the next generation of Australia’s national security leaders. The role of the FSLP Committee is to assist in the planning and organising of events in support of IFRS. The program consists of seminars, retreat-style congresses, social networking functions, careers advice, and other special events, with opportunities to engage with senior Australian national security officials and leaders.

    Our search
    We are looking for a number of volunteers, from big thinkers with ideas for the future, to those who are interested in actioning things, managing events and implementing ideas. Time commitments can vary from 1-10 hours a week depending on the portfolio and the time of year.
    We currently have availabilities in the following subcommittees:
    • Outreach sub-committee
    • Research and Ideas sub-committee 
    • Events & Networking sub-committee

    For more information on roles and sub-committees, click here.

    Our expectations
    Sub-committee members – including sub-committee leads – will need to attend meetings of their particular sub-committee, and executive meetings where relevant, and assist in the organising of events in their portfolio as required. They will also be expected to regularly attend FSLP and IFRS events more broadly, assist with other sub-committees' work when necessary, engage and network with other members of the FSLP committee, and represent the IFRS in a professional manner at all events.

    So you know
    Once you have submitted your expression of interest, it will be screened for shortlisting by current committee members. Shortlisted nominees will then be invited to attend an FSLP Meet & Greet (date/time to be advised). The final result will be advised in the days following the Meet & Greet.

    We are committed to fostering an inclusive committee of volunteers that reflects the diverse nature of the Australian community and supports new ideas and ways of thinking . We encourage people of all gender identities and religions and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds not only to attend and participate in our events, but also apply to join the FLSP committee when vacancies arise.

    It is also expected that successful candidates will take out standard membership with IFRS.

    Over to you

    To express your interest, please register your details here.

    Additionally, please submit the following:
    1.) A half page expression of interest outlining:
    • your motivation for joining the FSLP committee;
    • your suitability for the role;
    • your experience with the FLSP;
    • the level of commitment you can contribute, and
    • which portfolios you are interested in (up to 3 in order of preference).

    2.) A short biography/CV (up to 1 page) outlining your professional and educational experience.
    These documents must be submitted to by COB Thursday 12 July 2018.

  • 09 Mar 2018 9:42 AM | Anonymous

    The U.K. Deputy High Commissioner, Ingrid Southworth, joined the Institute at our inaugural National Security Management Symposium to speak about the UK's model for managing national security. It was timely that Ingrid also spoke about the importance of gender diversity in the national security space on International Women's Day. 

    You can read Ingrid's blog here. 

  • 05 Dec 2017 10:45 AM | Anonymous

    The latest edition of the Security Challenges Journal is available now.

    You can access it here.

  • 05 Sep 2017 3:13 PM | Anonymous

    Due to the Institute For Regional Security's Annual Dinner being held on the same night, the FSLP Monthly Networking Event has been cancelled. 

    The October event will proceed as planned. 

  • 16 Aug 2017 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    Retired Air-Vice Marshal, Peter Nicholson AO, discusses Dr Edward Morgan's Occasional Paper with Defence and National Security reporter for the ABC, Andrew Greene. 

    You can watch the interview here.

  • 09 Aug 2017 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    This paper discusses Australia’s position on the 2016 arbitral ruling in the South China Sea Arbitration (The Republic of the Philippines v The People’s Republic of China). Australia’s Foreign Minister has stated that this was an important test-case for how the East Asian region can manage disputes peacefully.

    The paper will explain Australia’s interests in the South China Sea, followed by an examination of the legal ruling alongside Australia’s, China’s and the Philippines’ responses. It will make reference to the issue of emerging global powers in the East Asian region and argue that the arbitration should become a precedent for regional dispute resolution based on nation-state participation in a rules-based
    global order.

  • 08 May 2017 7:58 AM | Catherine Scott (Administrator)

    The latest Regionalist Papers are now available on our website.  Click here

    Articles for this issue include

    Alexandra Apse
    Is Today’s National Security Intelligence too Reliant on Techint Sources at the Expense of Humint Sources?

    Andreas Battocchio
    To What Extent is the Privatisation of Military Services Inevitable and Desirable?

    Douglas Fry
    Global Ricochet: America’s Mass Shootings are a Security Problem for Australia

    Nick Lyall
    Meeting Australia’s 21st Century Strategic Challenges: Synthesising Forward and Continental Defence Policies

    Byron Nagy
    Chinese Devices And The Case For Traditional Risk Communication

    Marissa Price
    Reviewing Australian Immigration Policy Based on a New Definition of Success

  • 25 Nov 2016 7:11 AM | Catherine Scott (Administrator)

    IFRS and the Australian Defence Business Review would like to congratulate our Future Strategic Leaders writers competition winners for 2016.

    Our first prize of $1000 went to Bradley Wood "The implications of a rising Indonesia for Australia in the Asian Century" has won first prize. 

    Our second prize of $250 went to Roman Madaus' "Why Australia should not conduct FONOPS in the South China Sea".

    The winners were announce at last nights IFRS Next.

  • 16 Nov 2016 2:45 PM | Catherine Scott (Administrator)

    In November 2011 President Barack Obama addressed the Australian Parliament and proclaimed he had ‘made a deliberate and strategic decision...the United States will play a larger and long-term role in shaping this region and its future, by upholding core principles and in close partnership with our allies and friends’. 

    As it has been five years since the US Pivot/Rebalance to Asia was announced, we have issued a special edition to commemorate and assess this period. This special edition asked contributors to assess the significance and progress of the rebalance from the perspective of the United States, Japan, Singapore, China and Australia. It presents a variety of views about the rebalance’s impact and significance, contributing to both scholarly and policy debates.

    The issue was launched at the Hedley Bull Building Atrium at the Australian National University on Wednesday 16 November.

    Security Challenges aims to be Australia’s foremost journal on strategic policy, military and defence strategy. It is a fully peer reviewed journal that aims to produce high quality scholarship accessible to and engaging with policy makers and the concerns of the policy communities in Australia and across the Asia Pacific.


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