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Future Strategic Leaders' Congress: From the Suburbs to Syria: Countering Radicalisation and Terrorism

  • 23 Oct 2015
  • 5:00 PM
  • 25 Oct 2015
  • 2:00 PM
  • ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Student spots have SOLD OUT - please contact IFRS to be placed on a reserve list for cancellations
  • Individuals and non-financial members

Registration is closed

Confirmed speakers:

  • Ms Kerri Hartland, Deputy Director General, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
  • Mr Allan McKinnon, Deputy Secretary National Security, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Mr Ahmed Fahour, Managing Director and Group CEO, Australia Post
  • Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan, National Manager Counter Terrorism, Australian Federal Police
  • Ms Celia Perkins, Assistant Director General, Open Source Centre, Office of National Assessments
  • BRIG Anthony Rawlins, Director-General, Military Strategic Commitments
  • Dr Ben Evans, Assistant Secretary Strategy Branch, Department of Immigration and Border Protection
  • Dr Gary Saliba, Visiting Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy (ANU) & Director Strategic Journeys
  • Prof Greg Barton, Chair, Global Islamic Politics, Deakin University
  • Ms Jamie Lowe, First Assistant Secretary, Attorney-General's Department
Australia has played a prominent role in the Middle East and has been a key participant in the 'fight against terrorism'. International events in the Middle East, particularly the rise of the self-declared Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, has contributed to an increase in radicalisation within Australia. As a result, Australia is facing threat from terrorism. In 2014, the National Terrorism Public Alert Level was raised to High for the first time.

Within this framework of increased radicalisation and Australia's enduring commitments in the Middle East, the national security community is working to increase understanding of the key drivers of radicalisation in Australia. This Congress will foster conversation about innovative countering violent extremism (CVE) policies and practices by exploring the unique life cycle of radicalisation in Australia and identifying potential CVE measures. It will consider Australia's strategic commitment in the Middle East.

The Congress will examine three elements of the problem – the radicalisation process, the possibility for CVE and de-radicalisation (and the elements of Government policy involved in this), and the role of counter-terrorism as a practice across the whole spectrum. This Congress aims to improve our understanding of the key issues surrounding radicalisation and terrorism and evaluate Australia’s strategic interests in the Middle East. Congress participants will have the opportunity to engage with subject matter experts and constructively work towards solutions relevant to their agencies’/contexts, in particular Defence.

Who should attend: Early to mid Career members of the national security community, those currently studying in the field and those who aspire to join the national security community.

Accommodation: Accommodation onsite is included in the cost.  It is shared student accommodation - basic but comfortable.

Cancellation Policy: Final numbers for accommodation and meals are provided one week out.  We are happy to provide a full refund up until then (Friday 16 October).

Chatham House Rule: Please note we operate strictly under the Chatham House Rule.  Under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

Attendance: Please note that all registrations to attend the Future Strategic Leaders’ Congress will be reviewed by the Board of the Institute for Regional Security, which retains absolute discretion on whether individual applications are accepted.

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