Australian Policy and History Network, Deakin University & National Security College, ANU

25 November 2020


How has the idea of national security evolved over the last 100 years? Who tells us how to feel secure/insecure and how has this changed over time? And how do Australian perspectives, contemporary and historical, compare with other conceptions and architectures of national security?

This workshop seeks to contextualise concepts of national security in different temporal and geographical contexts, with an emphasis on its significance in Australia. It explores the history of national security as an idea: with the assistance of Eckart Conze, (Phillips Marburg); ways in which it has been deployed to secure some more than others, including perspectives from the age of digital information by Sylvester Johnson (Virginia Tech); different modes of national security in practice; ideas of Australian national security beyond those defined in Canberra; the rise of cyber-security as a branch of national security; and reflections from the Office of National Intelligence.

Others who are presenting or participating in panel discussions include Ian Kemish AM (UQ)), Rory Medcalf (ANU), David Ekbladh (Tufts) Matt McDonald (UQ), Joan Beaumont (ANU/Deakin), Sue Thompson (ANU), David Lowe (Deakin), Carolyn Holbrook (Deakin) and Peter Edwards (Deakin).

The workshop will be a hybrid physical-online one, with a physical focus at the ANU, organised by Sue Thompson, and Zoom and recorded contributions.

Program details are here.

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