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Future Strategic Leaders Congress. Antarctica and the Southern Ocean: Regional Strategic Security Dimensions

  • 31 May 2019
  • 5:00 PM
  • 02 Jun 2019
  • 1:00 PM
  • ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus (about 30 min north of Batemans Bay)


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • For inquiries about reserved places for DFAT, PM&C, AGD, Home Affairs and Treasury please contact IFRS
  • For Governor, VIP and Standard paid membership levels.
  • Individuals
  • Government and Corporate Members


The congress, a retreat-style event, is a development opportunity for junior national security professionals on a contemporary topic.

The topic for the Congress is ‘Antarctica and the Southern Ocean: Regional Strategic Security Dimensions’.

Australian foreign policy is intimately interested in the governance of Antarctic territory on two fronts. Firstly, as a claimant of territory and secondly, as a supporter of scientific and environmental values within the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS). The ATS has been crucial to the stability and cooperation that has been present on the continent and its surrounds since its signing in 1959. Historically, Australia’s interests have extended to ensure that Antarctica remains undisturbed by conflict and/or disputes through championing non-militarisation and international scientific cooperation. Over time, there has been a considerable increase in both commercial activity and interest in scientific research, which has led to a vast array of actors asserting sovereign claims over Antarctic territory.

The Congress will examine the regional security implications of geostrategic competition in Antarctica, with a particular focus on recent developments and the Antarctic Treaty System.

Access the draft program here.


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

The Congress operates strictly under the Chatham House Rule.  Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of speakers, nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

Tickets Venue and timing
Individuals: $550
IFRS Financial Members: $490
Full time civilian student: $250 (limited places due to being heavily subsidised)
Linen pack: $30 (optional as you can bring your own).

Costs include all meals, accommodation onsite and course materials. 

Location: ANU Coastal Campus, Kioloa, NSW South Coast (about 30 min drive north of Bateman's Bay).

Date and Times: From 5pm Friday 31 May to 1pm Sunday 2 June 2019.

Accommodation is shared student accommodation – it is basic but comfortable.

Refunds and cancellations - full refunds will be offered until Friday 17 May (when final numbers are given).  Any unpaid registrations on this date will be cancelled unless a prior arrangement has been made.

Dress: Casual

Places can fill quickly – Contact the IFRS office to reserve your spots in advance.
T: 02 6295 1555

    The Future Strategic Leaders’ Congresses are proudly sponsored by the Noetic Group. 

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