Upcoming Events

    • 24 Oct 2016
    • 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College Weston Creek

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    Despite numerous calls for a more cooperative relationship, US-China ties appear to be on an increasingly competitive trajectory. Nowhere has this seemed more apparent than in the South China Sea, where rising tensions have been sowing concern throughout Southeast Asia about the durability of order in the Asia-Pacific region. The dizzying pace of events and welter of issues surrounding the South China Sea have largely defied both strategic planners and policy implementer. From China’s frantic island-building spree, to the historic legal ruling handed down from the Permanent Court of Arbitration, to major-power naval manoeuvres, to fraught bilateral relations even with U.S. allies, to a multitude of fishing, oil exploration, and maritime law enforcement activity—the South China Sea is indeed “Asia’s cauldron” of growing instability. 

    Despite the procession of momentous actions, or perhaps because of them, it is imperative that US decision-makers find a comprehensive a long-term approach to managing US-China relations, especially in the South China Sea. 

    This discussion will focus on the framework through which the next US administration will be looking at power and order in Asia

    Dr Patrick M. Cronin

    Patrick M. Cronin is a Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the Senior Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University, where he simultaneously oversaw the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs.

    Dr. Cronin has a rich and diverse background in both Asian-Pacific security and U.S. defense, foreign and development policy. Prior to leading INSS, Dr. Cronin served as the Director of Studies at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). At the IISS, he also served as Editor of the Adelphi Papers and as the Executive Director of the Armed Conflict Database. Before joining IISS, Dr. Cronin was Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

    In 2001, Dr. Cronin was confirmed by the United States Senate to the third-ranking position at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). While serving as Assistant Administrator for Policy and Program Coordination, Dr. Cronin also led the interagency task force that helped design the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

    From 1998 until 2001, Dr. Cronin served as Director of Research at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Prior to that, he spent seven years at the National Defense University, first arriving at INSS in 1990 as a Senior Research Professor covering Asian and long-range security issues. He was the founding Executive Editor of Joint Force Quarterly, and subsequently became both Deputy Director and Director of Research at the Institute. He received the Army's Meritorious Civilian Service Award upon his departure from NDU in 1997.

    He has also been a senior analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, a U.S. Naval Reserve Intelligence officer, and an analyst with the Congressional Research Service and SRI International. He was Associate Editor of Strategic Review and worked as an undergraduate at the Miami Herald and the Fort Lauderdale News.

    Dr. Cronin has taught at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and the University of Virginia’s Woodrow Wilson Department of Government.

    He read International Relations at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, where he received both his M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees, and graduated with high honors from the University of Florida. He regularly publishes essays in leading publications and frequently conducts television and radio interviews. In addition to many CNAS reports and numerous articles, his major publications include: Global Strategic Assessment, 2009: America’s Security Role in a Changing World; Civilian Surge: Key to Complex Operations (co-editor); The Impenetrable Fog of War: Reflections on Modern Warfare and Strategic Surprise; The Evolution of Strategic Thought: Adelphi Paper Classics; and Double Trouble: Iran and North Korea as Challenges to International Security.

    The FSLP seminar is sponsored by the Noetic Group

    This event is held in partnership with the Bluestar Intercultural Centre.

    • 03 Nov 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • Boathouse by the Lake, Menindee Drive, Barton ACT

    The Institute invites our financial members to join us for the media launch of our new Research Paper.

    Building a Resilient Cyber Security Eco-System: National and Regional Considerations

    Authors: Gary Waters, Brett Biddington and Craig Valli

    The global economy is a complex cyber ecosystem.  The movement of goods and services across cities, nations and the world assumes secure and assured access to the internet.  Many processes are becoming automated and all manner of devices are being connected to the internet at an accelerating rate, a phenomenon known as the Internet of Things (IoT). 

    In March 2016 the Australian Government released its Cyber Security Strategy and this document provided important context for this IFRS study.  The study also sought to understand the implications for Australia of regional approaches to cyber security and the roles that Australia might play to strengthen the cyber resilience of regional nations to their benefit and to Australia’s as well.

    This short report seeks to use plain English to explain concepts that have been for too long relegated by political and business leaders to technical staff who, their best efforts notwithstanding, have struggled to articulate the policy and legislative challenges that the internet, and cyberspace more generally presents to national and global society.

    The report, based on the individual contributions and collective judgments of a group of well-informed individuals from diverse backgrounds, makes some recommendations and suggestions that, if implemented, we think will deliver a more secure, resilient and trustworthy internet to Australia and to the region.

    The launch will be followed by morning tea.

    IFRS would like to thank our sponsors

    • 16 Nov 2016
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • IFRS Office, 2/10 Kennedy St, Kingston ACT 2604

    Terrorism is a key component of the contemporary security environment, and will remain an ongoing challenge for governments and their relevant law enforcement, intelligence, and military agencies well into the future. National and international security policy is heavily influenced by threats of terrorism both domestically and overseas. This one day professional development program will offer attendees an introduction to contemporary understandings of the complexities of radicalisation and extremism. By providing attendees with an overview of various perspectives that afford insight into the radicalisation process, and into the multitude of contributing factors that can result in individuals becoming involved in extremism and terrorism, attendees will be better informed as to the nature and character of domestic and international terrorism, as well as the various policy responses that are available to government. Those building a career in national security will inevitably be required to engage with policies and practices related to terrorism and counter terrorism. This unique opportunity to learn from one of Australia’s leading authorities on terrorism provides future strategic leaders with a chance to acquire knowledge, engage and discuss issues of policy relevance, and develop a better command of the nuances and complexities of countering terrorism.

    Topics covered include:

    • The role of social media
    • Ideology and its relationship with violence
    • Social psychology and group dynamics
    • The importance of context, politics, and ‘root causes’ of terrorism
    • What makes someone become a foreign fighter?
    • Individual jihad as a strategy

    Upon completion participants will have a more nuanced, in depth, and factually based understanding of what is understood about individuals and groups progress towards terrorism and involvement with terrorism.

    The program is open source.

    All discussion will be undertaken under the Chatham House Rule so as to facilitate frank and open conversation.  A lengthy question and answer session will conclude the day providing ample opportunity for further discussion of all aspects covered over the day.

    Please note minimum numbers are required for the workshop to proceed and IFRS reserves the right to cancel or postpone if required.

    Bio – Levi West, Workshop Lecturer

    Levi West is a research fellow at the Institute for Regional Security, and the Director of Terrorism Studies at Charles Sturt University. His primary research interests relate to the intersection of information and communications technology with terrorism specifically, but also with other forms of non-state violence. He has lectured extensively to law enforcement, intelligence, and military audiences both domestically and internationally, including at the Naval War College in the United States, the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation in Indonesia, the National Security College at ANU, and at the Australian Command and Staff College at the Australian Defence College. Levi regularly contributes to the ASPI Strategist blog, and is a sought after speaker on terrorism and other national security issues. He currently manages the Masters of Terrorism and Security Studies program at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, at Charles Sturt University’s Barton campus and delivers professional development training and consulting to a broad range of government agencies and private sector clients.

    His research interests include:
    •    Terrorism and insurgency
    •    Diversity and evolution of violent non-State actors
    •    Use of technology by non-State actors
    •    Transnational crime and illicit finance
    •    State responses to non-State violence
    •    Cyber security, particularly as it pertains to non-state actors

    • 24 Nov 2016
    • 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Palace Electric Theatre, New Acton Nishi Building, 2 Phillip Law Street,


    The Voices & Ideas Of Australia’s Future Strategic Leaders.
    Loud. Strong. Making A Difference.

    Six future strategic leaders will deliver six-minute bursts about a topic they’re passionate about a topic they also feel is of importance to Australia’s national security.

    Their talks are engaging, edgy and arguing a specific point or position. Expect innovative thinking and insights, even some controversy.

    It runs for one hour in the arthouse-style setting of Palace Electric Theatre, and is followed by a networking event.  It is your chance to engage in conversation with Australia’s future security leaders.

    Join us for a networking event in the bar afterwards.  Tickets include a complimentary drink (selected beer, wine and soft drink) and nibbles.

    This is Next.

    The institute For Regional Security would like to thank our sponsors - the Charles Sturt University Graduate School of Policing and Security and KPMG.


    • 05 Dec 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • TBA

    Notice of AGM

    The notice of AGM can be downloaded here

    The primary items of business anticipated at the AGM are:

    • Consideration of minutes of the last AGM held on 8 December 2015
    • Consideration of the Auditor’s Report for FY 15/16
    • Consideration of the Directors’ Report for FY 15/16
    • Chairman’s presentation on IFRS activities
    • Election of Directors
    • Any other business

Past Events

18 Oct 2016 Annual Dinner 2016: Strategic cooperation: possibilities and practicalities
18 Oct 2016 Call for Speakers for IFRS Next: Your Opportunity to Shake & Shape Australia’s Security Thinking
13 Oct 2016 IFRS October Networking Event
26 Aug 2016 Future Strategic Leaders Congress: Hybrid Warfare - 21st Century Grand Strategy?
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
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