- Code NSPO8023
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU National Security College
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject National Security Policy
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Rory Medcalf
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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This course aims to familiarise students with the challenges and choices facing national security policy-makers in an era of increased connectivity between the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. The concept of the Indo-Pacific as a coherent strategic and economic system will be introduced, along with its implications for the security interests of key regional powers, notably China, India, Japan, Indonesia, the United States and Australia. The interstate and transnational dimensions of the Indo-Pacific set of security challenges will be considered, including how they intersect – for instance, ways in which counter-piracy, maritime surveillance and other efforts to protect the regional commons may have strategic implications. The contested nature of the Indo-Pacific concept will also be explore, including the emerging debate about whether countries such as Australia need to focus their security capabilities and interests on wide or narrow definitions of the region. The course will conclude by assessing how a re-imagined view of Asia as the Indo-Pacific will affect prospects for security competition or cooperation.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. Demonstrate understanding of the changes in Australia’s Indo-Pacific regional security environment
2. Demonstrate understanding of the interactions and interests of great powers, particularly the United States, China, India and Japan, across the Indo-Pacific environment
3. Analyse how these strategic factors intersect with one another and with economic factors in shaping a complex regional security dynamic involving cross-cutting interstate and transnational security issues
4. Evaluate the risks and advantages of various security policy options, including degrees of cooperation or competition, in responding to complex regional security challenges
5. Generate ideas for credible policy options in managing complex regional security challenges in the Indo-Pacific
Indicative Assessment1. Seminar presentation 10%
2. Analysis of reading (official policy statements) (800 words) 10%
3. Policy briefing paper (1500 words) 30%
4. Final essay (4000 words) 50%
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WorkloadOne two-hour seminar per week (over 12 weeks) with the expectation of a further eight hours per week of independent study
Preliminary ReadingRory Medcalf, “In Defence of the Indo-Pacific: Australia’s New Strategic Map,” Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 68. No. 4. August 2014
Nick Bisley and Andrew Phillips, “A Rebalance to Where?: US Strategic Geography in Asia,” Survival, Vol. 55. No. 5, Oct 2013.
Barry Buzan, “Security Architecture in Asia: The Interplay of Regional and Global Levels.” The Pacific Review Vol. 16. No. 2, 2003.
Rory Medcalf, “In Defence of the Indo-Pacific: Australia’s New Strategic Map,” Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 68. No. 4. August 2014.
David Scott, "India and the Allure of the 'Indo-Pacific' ", International Studies, 49 (3&4), 2012.
Brendan Taylor, “The Defence White Paper 2013 and Australia’s Strategic Environment,” Security Challenges, Vol. 9. No. 2, 2013.
Assumed KnowledgeStudents enrolled in this course are assumed to have some knowledge of international politics and current affairs
Required skills: Analytical skills and written and oral communication skills of a high order.
Recommended courses: National Security Policy-making (NSPO8006) and National Security Concepts and Challenges (NSPO8007)
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