• 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 Online or In Person

This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.

National security and economics are often treated as separate realms, both in policymaking and scholarship. But the early 21st century is marked by a convergence of security and economic factors in the national security challenges facing governments. This course introduces students to the intersection of security and economics, captured in the concept of ‘geoeconomics’. It focuses on the uses – and limitations – of economic relations as an instrument of state power. Students are introduced to the longstanding connection between economics and national security; basic principles of economic theory; the mechanisms/instruments of geoeconomic statecraft (such as trade, finance and institutions); contemporary geoeconomic challenges, such as economic coercion, critical infrastructure and critical technologies; and the policy challenges involved in developing national responses that integrate security and economic considerations. The course will take a global perspective, but with case studies focused on China, the Indo-Pacific and Australia.


This course combines academic expertise with insights from policy practitioners. The course convener will draw upon a research background in relevant non-security disciplines (such as economics or law) to guide students towards a more integrated understanding of security and economic issues. The course will be practically focused, integrating perspectives from the national security and economic policy domains, including input from a practitioner with recent experience in developing geoeconomic policy. In line with the National Security College's signature pedagogy, the policy practitioner will serve as a discussant to contextualise academic analysis within policy experience and advise on an in-class policy exercise and a policy-oriented assessment item.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use concepts and frameworks to critically analyse complex and contemporary issues in geoeconomics
  2. Demonstrate a working understanding of policy challenges and options in integrating economics and national security
  3. Conduct research that demonstrates scholarly engagement with geoeconomic issues
  4. Develop and communicate ideas, analysis, and argument related to geoeconomics in a range of forms for professional and scholarly audiences.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Blog post or op-ed article (800 words) (20) [LO 1,4]
  2. Analytical research essay (3,000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Policy memo reflecting on scenario (1,500 words) (30) [LO 2,4]

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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Albert Hirschman, National Power and the Structure of Foreign Trade (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980), chapters 1&2.

David Baldwin, Economic Statecraft (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985), chapters 2&3.

 Robert Blackwill and Jennifer Harris, War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2016), chapters 1&2.

 Henry Farrell and Abraham L. Newman, ‘Weaponized Interdependence: How Global Economic Networks Shape State Coercion’, International Security, Vol 44, No. 1, 2019.

Anthea Roberts, Henrique Choer Moraes and Victor Ferguson, "Toward a Geoeconomic Order in International Trade and Investment", Journal of International Economic Law 22 (2019), 655–676

Jeffrey Wilson, "Adapting Australia to an era of geoeconomic competition", Perth USAsia Centre, 16 February 2021.

Darren J. Lim, Zack Cooper and Ashley Feng, "Trust and diversify: A geoeconomic strategy for the Australia-US alliance", United States Studies Centre, 2 September 2021.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are recommended to have taken (or take concurrently) at least one other Master of National Security Course, preferably NPO8006 (National Security Policymaking) or NSPO8007 (National Security Concepts and Methods) to provide a grounding in national security.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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