• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject National Security Policy
  • Areas of interest Security Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

In this course students will examine the difficulties for military forces, civilian agencies and humanitarian actors in navigating the 'space' in which they are co-located. Policies, principles and practices of the Australian Government, the United Nations, and other key international actors and non-government organisations will be considered. Attention will also be given to disaster risk reduction and peace-building strategies to help minimise the severity of natural disasters and the reversion of fragile states into conflict. Focus will be given to the problems and severity of population displacement, and to the civil-military requirements to implement population protection. The overall aim of the course is for students to gain a better understanding of the boundaries and complexities of civil-military relations in disaster, stabilisation and conflict situations, and to consider initiatives relevant to Australia and its region.


Students will engage with policymakers and practitioners from the Australia Government, the non-government sector and the Australian Defence Force and the Australian Federal Police. Learning activities will include examples of complex case studies, scenarios and simulations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Acquire a critical understanding of the growing importance of civil-military relations in national security policymaking.
  2. Critically assess current policies relevant to civil-military relations in complex and contemporary national security issues.
  3. Formulate, analyse and evaluate policy options for civil-military policy development and implementation.
  4. Develop and communicate ideas, analysis, and argument in a range of forms for professional and scholarly audiences.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Policy Analysis (1,500 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Scenario Exercise (1,500 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Two full days of fieldwork (or equivalent arrangement).

One half-day of fieldwork (or equivalent arrangement).

One half-day on campus.

Individual study approx. 4-5 hours per week (50-60 hours).

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must not have previously completed NSPO8010.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Australian Civil-Military Centre, Guiding Principles for Australian Civil-Military-Police Collaboration, 2015.


Egnell, R. ‘Civil-military coordination for operational effectiveness: Towards a measured approach’, Small Wars and Insurgencies 24, no. 2 (2013): 237-256.


Gomez Del Prado, J.L. ‘Impact on Human Rights of a New Non-State Actor: Private Military and Security Companies’, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, 18, no. 1 (2011): 151-169.


International Committee of the Red Cross, The Montreaux Document: On pertinent international legal obligations and good practices for States related to operations of private military and security companies during armed conflict, ICRC, Geneva, 2009.


Joachim, J. & Schneiker, A. ‘New Humanitarians? Frame Appropriation through Private Military and Security Companies’, Milennium: Journal of International Studies, 40, no. 2 (2012): 365-388.


Meharg ,S.J. (ed), Helping Hands & Loaded Arms: Navigating the Military and Humanitarian Space, Ottawa: Canadian Peacekeeping Press, 2007.


Olson, L. & Gregorian, H. ‘Interagency and Civil-Military Coordination: Lessons from a Survey of Afghanistan and Liberia’, Journal of Military and Strategic Studies 10, no. 1 (2007).


Rana, R. ‘Contemporary Challenges in the Civil-Military Relationship: Complementarity or Incompatibility?’, International Review of the Red Cross 86, no. 855 (2004): 565-591.


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