Upcoming Events

    • 23 Oct 2015
    • 5:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • 25 Oct 2015
    • 2:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus

    Confirmed speakers:

    • Ms Kerri Hartland, Deputy Director General, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
    • Mr Allan McKinnon, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
    • Ms Celia Perkins, Assistant Director General, Open Source Centre, Office of National Assessments
    • BRIG Anthony Rawlins, Director-General, Military Strategic Commitments
    • Dr Ben Evans, Assistant Secretary Strategy Branch, Department of Immigration and Border Protection
    • Dr Gary Saliba, Visiting Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy (ANU) & Director Strategic Journeys
    • Prof Greg Barton, Chair, Global Islamic Politics, Deakin University
    • Ms Jamie Lowe, First Assistant Secretary, Attorney-General's Department
    Also invited to speak is a senior representative from the Australian Federal Police.

    Australia has played a prominent role in the Middle East and has been a key participant in the 'fight against terrorism'. International events in the Middle East, particularly the rise of the self-declared Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, has contributed to an increase in radicalisation within Australia. As a result, Australia is facing threat from terrorism. In 2014, the National Terrorism Public Alert Level was raised to High for the first time.

    Within this framework of increased radicalisation and Australia's enduring commitments in the Middle East, the national security community is working to increase understanding of the key drivers of radicalisation in Australia. This Congress will foster conversation about innovative countering violent extremism (CVE) policies and practices by exploring the unique life cycle of radicalisation in Australia and identifying potential CVE measures. It will consider Australia's strategic commitment in the Middle East.

    The Congress will examine three elements of the problem – the radicalisation process, the possibility for CVE and de-radicalisation (and the elements of Government policy involved in this), and the role of counter-terrorism as a practice across the whole spectrum. This Congress aims to improve our understanding of the key issues surrounding radicalisation and terrorism and evaluate Australia’s strategic interests in the Middle East. Congress participants will have the opportunity to engage with subject matter experts and constructively work towards solutions relevant to their agencies’/contexts, in particular Defence.

    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 16 October).

    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.

    • 13 Nov 2015
    • 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • Palace Electric Theatre, New Acton Nishi Building, 2 Phillip Law Street, Canberra


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

    Picture this. Seven future strategic leaders* delivering six-minute bursts about a topic they’re passionate about a topic they also feel is of importance to Australia’s national security.

    And their talks are engaging, edgy and arguing a specific point or position. Expect innovative thinking and insights, even some controversy. A sloppy slide-show it’s not.

    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.

    This is Next.

    *speakers are currently being selected from an overwhelming list of applicants.  We will advise the list of speakers shortly.

Past Events

07 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