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The Case for an Australian National Security Strategy

May 15, 2023 • 5:00 – 6:00 pm EDT

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The CSIS Australia Chair cordially invites you to "The Case for an Australian National Security Strategy." 

Monday, May 15, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Tuesday, May 16, 2023 7:00 am - 8:00 am AEDT

Over the last several years, a global pandemic, extreme weather, a war in Europe, and an increasingly aggressive China have dramatically changed Australia's domestic and foreign policy landscape. And yet, the last time Canberra released a national security strategy was in 2013, relying instead on intermittent defense and foreign policy white papers. Australia's recently released Defence Strategic Review calls for a biennial national defense strategy, but says nothing about how defense strategy sits within larger national security efforts, nor how such a national security strategy would be organized, structured, or implemented.   

Would Australia benefit from institutionalizing the writing of a national security strategy? What are the advantages and drawbacks of having a regularly issued national security strategy? And, what would such a strategy prioritize and seek to do? 

To answer these questions, please join CSIS Senior Adviser and Australia Chair Charles Edel on Monday, May 15 at 5 pm EDT (May 16, 7 am AEDT) for a discussion with three leading national security experts—William Inboden, Rory Medcalf, and Heather Smith.

CSIS's Australia Chair conducts independent policy research aimed at strengthening U.S.-Australia relations. The Chair is endowed through the generosity of Pratt Industries.  

Hosted By

William Imboden
Executive Director and William Powers, Jr. Chair, Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas-Austin
Rory Medcalf
Head of the National Security College (NSC), Australian National University
Heather Smith
National President, Australian Institute of International Affairs