Climate change: can Australia survive?

Event details

SDSC War Studies Seminar Series

Date & time

Monday 24 October 2022


Hedley Bull Lecture Theatre 1 & Zoom


Dr Albert Palazzo


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Climate change is the number one security threat Australia is facing. Unlike more traditional state-on-state threats, climate change has the potential to destabilise Australia to the point that it collapses, a risk that most other societies also share. Security thinkers, as well as the Australian people, must come to understand the risk Australia is facing, the consequences of not addressing the risk and the policies and strategies that if implemented will allow Australia to continue in a more dangerous and disruptive future.

In this presentation, Dr Albert Palazzo will outline the multiple and cascading threats climate change poses specifically to Australia, and the consequences they hold for the stability of Australian society. He will then compare Australia’s relative risk to other countries. Lastly, Palazzo will outline the steps Australia needs to implement to protect the nation and the impediments to doing so.


Dr. Albert Palazzo is currently an Adjunct Professor at UNSW-Canberra and formally was the long serving Director of War Studies for the Australian Army. He completed his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in 1996 and his dissertation was published as Seeking Victory on The Western Front, The British Army and Chemical Warfare in World War I. His publications include: The Australian Army: A History of its Organisation, 1901-2001, The Australian Army and the War in Iraq, and Planning to Not Lose: The Australian Army’s New Philosophy of War. His latest book Climate Change and National Security: The Implications for the Military was published in 2022 by the US Army Army University Press. His next book will argue the utility of the strategic defensive as Australia’s security policy.

This is a hybrid event. Details of the zoom link will be sent in the confirmation email upon registration.

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