Emily Hitchman

PhD candidate


Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (ANU)

Contact details
Room: 3.51
Building: Hedley Bull Building

Emily is a PhD scholar at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre focussing on the use of the Glomar (‘neither confirm nor deny’) response in the national security context. Emily has worked professionally across the national security and criminal justice public policy space, including in law enforcement and cyber policy.

Emily’s PhD thesis seeks to understand the strategic function of the neither confirm nor deny principle, and how its practice in the security and intelligence context has evolved in Australia. This thesis will also examine how it has influenced Australia’s domestic policy and key security alliances, and under what circumstances governments choose avowal as an alternative. In so doing, this study will develop a conceptual understanding of the neither confirm nor deny principle to support an analysis of whether it is adapted to the contemporary security context.

Chair: Professor John Blaxland Supervisors: Dr Dominique Dalla-Pozza, Dr Sue Thompson, Dr Jean Bou

Thesis topic

Neither confirm nor deny: Glomar in the contemporary security context

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