Past events

Nyrambla House, Ascot: The Headquarters of the Central Bureau from 1942-1945
09
Apr
2018

Central Bureau and Australia’s Code-Breaking operations in the Second World War

David Dufty

Nyrambla House, Ascot: The Headquarters of the Central Bureau from 1942-1945

During the Second World War, Australia was home to a large, secret code-breaking organisation named Central...

19
Mar
2018

Intelligence and the Function of Government

Paul Symon AO, Director-General, Australian Secret Intelligence Service

The Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), Paul Symon AO, will launch the book Intelligence and the Function of Government (MUP) by Dr Rhys Crawley and Dr Daniel...

Thai Military Power_book launch_image 440x220
08
Mar
2018

Thai Military Power

Michael Wesley, Gregory Raymond

At the centre of the vital Asia–Pacific region, Thailand is important. But, despite its large population and powerful military forces performing significant roles in state and society, Thailand...

US Navy aircraft image
05
Mar
2018

Transition Point: Embracing the 4th Age of War

Dr Albert Palazzo

The arrival of the 4th Industrial Age compels states (or non-states) to reinterpret the character of war. They need to discard the obsolete features of 3rd Industrial Age warfare and embrace the...

12
Feb
2018

Unwinnable Wars: Afghanistan and the Limits of Western Military Power

Professor Theo Farrell, The University of Wollongong

At sixteen years and counting, Afghanistan is the longest war for western states of the post-Cold War period, and NATO’s first overseas war. At its height, the US and its NATO allies deployed 130,...

27
Nov
2017

Chinese Power and the Idea of a 'Responsible State' in a Changing World Order

Professor Rosemary Foot, University of Oxford

2017 Robert O’Neill War Studies Lecture: Chinese Power and the Idea of a ‘Responsible State’ in a Changing World Order

Analysts and observers of China’s role in world and regional politics...

21
Nov
2017

Private Standards and Norm Contestation: The Credibility Politics of Palm Oil Sustainability

Professor Helen E.S Nesadurai School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia

Joint SDSC-IR Seminar

Palm oil, a major global agricultural commodity, has long been condemned for driving deforestation, carbon emissions and social conflict, especially in its principal...

Chinese Navy hospital ship Peace Ark
17
Nov
2017

China, the United Nations, and Human Protection: Ideological Beliefs and International image

Professor Rosemary Foot, University of Oxford

Human protection is an area of international concern that has largely been advanced normatively in the period since the late 1990s – that is, in the period of China’s growing material power and...

06
Nov
2017

The Decision Point: Command in the 21st century

Professor Anthony King

Command has long been a major concern for military historians and security studies scholars. Focusing on the divisional headquarters and specifically one staff procedure, this presentation...

bersheeba anniversary
30
Oct
2017

The Battle of Beersheba - myths and history,100 years on

Dr Jean Bou, The Australian National University

Fought on 31 October 1917, the Battle of Beersheba, and its dramatic conclusion by a mounted charge of two Australian light horse regiments, has become one of Australia’s best known First World...

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