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Future Strategic Leaders' Congress: Maritime Flashpoints: Australia’s Critical Vulnerabilities

  • 22 May 2015
  • 5:00 PM
  • 24 May 2015
  • 2:00 PM
  • ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Individuals and Future Strategic Leaders Program Contacts

Registration is closed

The Congress is full and registration has closed.  If you have a place reserved or wish to make an inquiry please contact the IFRS Office on  T: 02 6295 1555 or E:

Keynote Speaker: Mr Michael Pezzullo, Secretary - Department of Immigration and Border Protection


  • Mr Ian Biggs, Assistant Secretary Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Mr Lee Cordner AM
  • CDRE Andrew Gough RANR, Director General Navy Capability Plans and Engagement (Representing Chief of Navy)
  • RADM (Rtd) Simon Cullen AM, CSC
  • Dr Sanu Kainikara, Air Power Development Centre
  • BRIG Michael Mahy, Military Strategy, Department of Defence
  • LCDR Peter Malpas RANR, Military Trade Operations and Braemar ACM Shipbroking
  • Prof Jennifer Moroney, RAND Australia 
  • Prof Carl Thayer – UNSW Political Science School

The infringement on economic and national interests is often viewed as an act of war, and war is about preserving economy.  This Congress will examine the long term issues of coercion or denial of access around SLOCs and the potential impacts of disruption to the flow of trade.

Australia's economic and national wellbeing is inextricably linked to the security of sea lines of communication as seaborne trade is the bedrock of the Australian economy. The international trading system is complex, aspects of it are heavily regulated, and it is vulnerable to natural disasters, actions by non-state actors and at the most extreme, is a legitimate focus of hostile action in war.

Expected to take part are senior executives and keynote speakers from organisations including the Department of Defence, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Attorney General’s Department, The Australian Federal Police, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Academics and Industry.

The congress will also provide Australia’s future strategic leaders with an introduction to the core skills necessary for working in the strategic environment, including:

  • Strategic thinking – making the connections between operational and strategic outcomes

  • Writing for national security – presenting information for decision making

  • Negotiation and facilitation skills – working in groups and solving problems

Who should attend: Individuals who joined the national security community during the last 10 years or are currently studying and aspire to join the national security community.

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