Upcoming Events

    • 26 Aug 2016
    • 5:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • 28 Aug 2016
    • 2:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus

    Russia’s systematic, sophisticated annexation of Crimea in March 2014 demonstrated to the world that some nations are still willing to act forcibly against other nations to secure their interests. Putin’s government, the security services and military set what many commentators view as a bench mark for how multiple levers of national power—non-attributable effects such as cyber, irregular forces and information warfare, and modern whole of government operational design—could challenge the rules based order in a way that didn’t provoke an escalatory response until the facts on the ground had been changed to Russia’s advantage.

    Commentators exclaimed that this new type of war—a hybrid war—was based on a recognition that non-military means had become more powerful than military means. Political, economic, information and legal coercion needed to be integrated and synchronised with traditional and irregular military action, such as terrorism and criminal disorder by non-state actors, to achieve strategic objectives.

    However while Russia’s annexation of Crimea has captured most of the attention due to its success it has not been that the only actor using such strategies. ISIS in Iraq has demonstrated how a hybrid threat combines conventional and irregular warfare with sophisticated information and propaganda operations and China’s grey zone strategies in the East and South China Seas have demonstrated how ‘salami slicing’ that includes the use of law enforcement, militias and legal mechanisms to challenge the status quo and secure their own interests.

    The Defence White Paper 2016 frames these challenges to the rules based order as a risk to the framework that underpins Australia’s prosperity. However, these problems are not just an issue for Defence but require a whole of government approach to manage their complexity. The debate on hybrid warfare has started to shift, asking whether this is truly a new military concept or whether it is simply traditional statecraft re-imagined for 21st century Grand strategy. This Congress will explore hybrid warfare and whether it is new or whether it is simply a new articulation for how states can use different levers of national power to coerce each other. It will explore the different aspects of Hybrid warfare and what they mean for Australia and the whole of government national security architecture.

    The congress will also provide Australia’s future strategic leaders with an introduction to the core skills necessary for working in the strategic environment, including:
    • Strategic thinking – making the connections between operational and strategic outcomes
    • Writing for national security – presenting information for decision making
    • Negotiation and facilitation skills – working in groups and solving problems

    Who should attend: Early to mid Career members of the national security community, those currently studying in the field and those who aspire to join the national security community.

    Accommodation: Accommodation onsite is included in the cost.  It is shared student accommodation - basic but comfortable.

    Cancellation Policy: Final numbers for accommodation and meals are provided one week out.  We are happy to provide a full refund up until then (Friday 19 Aug).  Unless prior arrangement has been made any unpaid registrations by that date will be cancelled.

    Chatham House Rule: Please note we operate strictly under the Chatham House Rule.  Under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

    Attendance: Please note that all registrations to attend the Future Strategic Leaders’ Congress will be reviewed by the Board of the Institute for Regional Security, which retains absolute discretion on whether individual applications are accepted.


    The Future Strategic Leaders’ Congresses are proudly sponsored
    by the Australian Department of Defence and the Noetic Group

    • 15 Sep 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Castle Room, King O'Malleys, Civic ACT


    IFRS welcomes all members and their guests to our monthly networking social event. Guests will have the opportunity to network with peers and seasoned professionals. VIP guests and IFRS board members will also be in attendance.

    Come along to immerse yourself in the national security community.

    Free to attend and nibbles provided.  FSLP networking events typically occur on the second Thursday of each month.

    Drinks will be available to purchase from the bar.

    • 18 Oct 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
    Invited to speak:
    • Ms Julie Bishop MP Minister for Foreign Affairs

    • His Excellency John Berry, US Ambassador to Australia

    • His Excellency Sumio Kusaka, Japanese Ambassador to Australia

    • Admiral Harry Harris, Commander Pacific Fleet

    More details to follow shortly.

Past Events

11 Aug 2016 IFRS August Networking Event
27 Jul 2016 Professional Development Workshop: Understanding Radicalisation & Extremism
14 Jul 2016 IFRS Next
28 Jun 2016 Intelligence Matters – a discussion with Mr Richard Maude, Director-General, Office of National Assessments
09 Jun 2016 IFRS June Networking Event
20 May 2016 Future Strategic Leaders Congress: The Nexus of Sovereignty and Security: Global Interdependency and the Border Continuum
12 May 2016 IFRS May Networking Event
15 Apr 2016 FSLP Trivia Night
14 Apr 2016 IFRS April Networking Event
31 Mar 2016 Call for Submissions: The Regionalist – The Future of Australia’s Security Thinking. By Australia’s Future Strategic Leaders.
10 Mar 2016 IFRS Networking Event
02 Mar 2016 National Security Careers Night 2016 - Canberra
25 Feb 2016 IFRS Seminar - What went wrong in the Muslim World?
11 Feb 2016 IFRS Networking Event
08 Dec 2015 2015 IFRS Annual General Meeting
03 Dec 2015 FSLP End-of-Year Networking Event
18 Nov 2015 FSLP Seminar: The seedy underbelly of cybercrime with Chris Pogue
18 Nov 2015 The seedy underbelly of cybercrime and cyberespionage: Lunch briefing with Chris Pogue
13 Nov 2015 IFRS Next
05 Nov 2015 FSLP Spring Networking Event
23 Oct 2015 Future Strategic Leaders' Congress: From the Suburbs to Syria: Countering Radicalisation and Terrorism
13 Oct 2015 Call for Speakers for IFRS Next: Your Opportunity to Shake & Shape Australia’s Security Thinking
23 Sep 2015 FSLP Seminar: Countering Radicalisation
03 Sep 2015 Annual Dinner 2015: Australia-U.S.-Japan cooperation: enhancing stability and access to the maritime commons
02 Sep 2015 Women in National Security (WiNS) with Kristi Rogers
26 Aug 2015 Engineers Australia: Australia’s’ Transport Fuel Security: Where to now
12 Aug 2015 Women in National Security (WiNS): Women in Strategy and Leadership: Is Australia at a Tipping Point?
25 Jun 2015 FSLP Winter Networking Event
17 Jun 2015 Cybersecurity - a work still in progress: Seminar with Keith Lowry
17 Jun 2015 Insider Breaches: Lunch Briefing with Keith Lowry
22 May 2015 Future Strategic Leaders' Congress: Maritime Flashpoints: Australia’s Critical Vulnerabilities
08 May 2015 IFRS Next
07 May 2015 FSLP and USI of the ACT Seminar: LTGEN David Morrison AO
15 Apr 2015 FSLP Women in National Security (WINS) with LTGEN David Morrison AO
09 Apr 2015 FSLP and USI of the ACT Seminar: AIRMSHL Geoff Brown, AO
23 Mar 2015 Call for Speakers for Next Tech: Your Opportunity to Shake & Shape Australia’s Security Thinking
17 Mar 2015 IFRS Inaugural Address on Regional Stability and Prosperity: The Hon Julie Bishop MP
12 Mar 2015 National Security Careers Night 2015 - Canberra
31 Dec 2014 Executive Business Breakfasts Register
03 Dec 2014 Kokoda Foundation Summer Networking Event
28 Nov 2014 FSLP Networking Function following Kokoda Next
07 Nov 2014 Future Strategic Leaders' Congress: Australia’s Role in Addressing Global Nuclear Security Challenges
04 Nov 2014 Call for Speakers for Kokoda Next: Your Opportunity to Shake & Shape Australia’s Security Thinking
01 Oct 2014 Kokoda Foundation Spring Networking Event
30 Sep 2014 FSLP Seminar: Indonesian Defence Industry: Moving Towards to Self-Reliance?
07 Aug 2014 Cyber Security:Is Your Business Ready?
25 Jul 2014 FSLP Networking Function following Kokoda Next
25 Jul 2014 Kokoda Next
01 Jul 2014 USI of the ACT White Paper (WP15) series
27 Jun 2014 New Kokoda Paper Launch: Australian Defence Logistics: The Need to Enable and Equip Logistics Transformation
06 Jun 2014 Call for Speakers for Kokoda Next: Your Opportunity to Shake & Shape Australia’s Security Thinking
05 Jun 2014 FSLP and USI of the ACT White Paper (WP15) Panels
30 May 2014 Future Strategic Leaders' Congress
22 May 2014 FSLP Seminar: Lieutenant General George Petkos
30 Apr 2014 New Kokoda Paper Launch: Getting it Right: Integrating the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Enterprise
03 Apr 2014 FSLP and USI of the ACT Seminar: Andrew Balmaks
27 Mar 2014 National Security Careers Night 2014
11 Mar 2014 Williams Foundation: AIR COMBAT OPERATIONS - 2025 AND BEYOND
05 Mar 2014 FSLP Women in National Security (WINS) Initiative
06 Dec 2013 FSLP Networking event
26 Nov 2013 2013 Kokoda Foundation Annual General Meeting
26 Sep 2013 FSLP September Networking Event - Canberra
18 Sep 2013 Future Strategic Leaders' Program and USI of the ACT: Brigadier Syed Aamer Raza
29 Aug 2013 Canberra: FSLP - Stephan de Spiegeleire, Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
21 Aug 2013 Future Strategic Leaders' Program and USI of the ACT: Is Australia a Fragile State?
10 Jul 2013 Canberra: Future Strategic Leaders' Program - Dr Phillip Karber
09 Jul 2013 Sydney: Future Strategic Leaders' Program - Dr Phillip Karber
20 Jun 2013 FSLP June Networking Event - Canberra
22 May 2013 Washington FSLP
01 May 2013 Future Strategic Leaders' Program and USI of the ACT AVM John Blackburn AO Retd
18 Apr 2013 FSLP April Networking Event
14 Mar 2013 National Security Careers Night 2013
19 Feb 2013 Sydney YSLF - Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas APM
13 Feb 2013 FSLP 2013 Launch Event
12 Dec 2012 Washington YSLF
26 Nov 2012 Kokoda Foundation Special Seminar
14 Nov 2012 Kokoda Foundation Professional Development Workshop 2012
30 Oct 2012 Kokoda Foundation Special Seminar
23 Oct 2012 Sydney YSLF - Prof Ross Babbage- The Military Rise of China: What Should the US and Australia Do?
18 Oct 2012 Canberra YSLF October Seminar - Mr Jason Mundy
19 Sep 2012 The Kokoda Young Strategic Leaders' Forum and USI of the ACT Present a Special September Seminar - MAJ GEN SOHAIL AHMAD KHAN
30 Aug 2012 YSLF August Networking Event
24 Jul 2012 Canberra YSLF - Challenges and Opportunities for Today’s Intelligence Community Dr Warren Tucker Director New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
21 Jun 2012 Canberra YSLF - Lieutenant General (retired) Agus Widjoyo
19 Apr 2012 Sydney Seminar - Senator The Hon David Feeney
12 Apr 2012 National Security Careers Night 2012
25 Jan 2012 Washington YSLF - AMB Kim Beazley and AMB Richard Armitage
21 Nov 2011 Canberra YSLF - Nick Harvey MP – Minister of State (Minister for the Armed Forces) for the Ministry of Defence
14 Nov 2011 Sydney Seminar - Angel Rabasa, RAND Corporation
03 Nov 2011 Canberra YSLF - The Coming Famine: Risks and Solutions For Global Food Security
08 Sep 2011 Canberra YSLF - National Crisis and Coordination Centre
27 Jul 2011 Canberra YSLF - Dr Tom Mahnken and David Hamon
19 Jul 2011 Sydney Seminar - Professor Michael L'Estrange
30 Jun 2011 Canberra YSLF - ASIO / ASIS: Their Role in the National Security Community
20 May 2011 Young Strategic Leaders' Congress (May)
21 Apr 2011 YSLF April Seminar with Ambassador Jeffrey L. Bleich
24 Mar 2011 YSLF March Networking Event
24 Mar 2011 YSLF March Seminar Australia's Strategic Edge in 2030, Ross Babbage
24 Feb 2011 National Security Coordination in Australia, Duncan Lewis
03 Dec 2010 Young Strategic Leaders' Congress (December)
30 Sep 2010 Collaborative Leadership, Roger Powell
09 Sep 2010 National Security in the 21st century – an address by the Director General of Security, ASIO, David Irvine
26 Aug 2010 Navy: Transition to Force 2030, RADM Davyd Thomas
29 Jul 2010 National Security in the Digital Age, Prakash Mirchandani
24 Jun 2010 Industry's Role in providing National Security
21 May 2010 Young Strategic Leaders' Congress (May)
29 Apr 2010 Law and justice sector reform in the Pacific: How can Australia adapt its assistance to specific local contexts?
25 Mar 2010 National Security Careers Night