Past events

01
Aug
2022

Why did Russia attack Ukraine and what are its geopolitical implications?

Emeritus Professor Paul Dibb

This ANU Public Lecture will examine why President Putin decided to invade Ukraine and what the implications are for international order, including the risk of a wider war in Europe and the...

05
Jul
2022

2022 John Gee Memorial Lecture - The future of IAEA safeguards, and the future of global security

Ambassador Rafael Mariano Grossi

Please note the change of venue for this event. A reception will follow the lecture where refreshments will be served.

About the speakerMr Rafael Mariano Grossi is Director-General,...

20
Jun
2022

Searching for supply: RAAF expansion and US Operational Aircraft, 1935-1941

Dr Liam Kane

When Japan attacked European and US possessions in the Asia-Pacific on 7-8 December 1941, the Australian government had more combat aircraft on order from American firms than Australian and...

23
May
2022

‘Saving British face’: Operation Semut and the Borneo Campaign, 1945

Christine Helliwell

Operation Semut, a secret operation launched by Special Operations Australia (SOA) into Sarawak in March 1945, was ostensibly to support the impending Australian landings at Labuan and around...

27
Apr
2022

ANZUS and Taiwan: What are Australia’s obligations?

Dr Iain D. Henry

The likelihood of another Taiwan Strait crisis is increasing. Some argue that if the U.S. chose to defend Taiwan against a Chinese attack, then Australia would be obliged—under the ANZUS alliance—...

29
Mar
2022

Alliances, Nuclear Weapons and Escalation

Various

As great power competition intensifies, the role of deterrence and the potential for escalation have taken on renewed importance in the security calculations of Australia and other US allies. How...

17
Mar
2022

The Taiwan Choice: Showdown in Asia

Various

If Asia’s key flashpoint erupts, what will Australia do? The decision could reshape our future in Asia.

“If America goes to war with China over Taiwan, Washington will expect Australia to...

Hugh White
02
Mar
2022

Not your parents' Cold War: Why this time is different and more dangerous

Hugh White

It is only natural that we see the ‘new Cold War’ through the lens of the old one. But how far is the new Cold War against China like the old one against the Soviet Union?

Today’s policies...

14
Feb
2022

Inside the mind of war: The logic of John Boyd

Stephen Robinson

Colonel John Boyd (1927-1997), a maverick fighter pilot, revolutionised the art of war through his ideas on conflict, the human mind and manoeuvre warfare theory. His ideas triggered a revolution...

06
Dec
2021

Australia-Japan dialogue on strategic trends in the Indo-Pacific

Various

With COVID restrictions slowly easing, the Australian Member Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (AusCSCAP) is holding its 23rd meeting as a hybrid event. In-...

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