Centre for International Security Studies

Analysing international security challenges facing Australia, Asia and the world.

In July 2006 the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) was established along with the Michael Hintze Chair of International Security to produce innovative research and education programs on the enduring and emerging security challenges facing Australia, the Asia Pacific, and the world.

CISS is organized into four research and teaching areas: biosecurity, geosecurity, infosecurity and global security. In a rapidly changing security environment we expect the unexpected and seek to apply our expertise to unforeseen global events, natural and unnatural disasters, and shocks to international security as they arise. Our research informs and solicits an active engagement with the policy community and public at large.

Read more from the new Director of CISS, James Der Derian, Michael Hintze Chair of International Studies

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  • Sarah Phillips to discuss Research Tools in Peacebuilding and Development at the Global Development Week @ UNSW

    Join Dr Sarah Phillips on an expert panel, entitled Research Tools in Peacebuilding and Development, as part of the Global Development Week program at UNSW, on Friday 22 September, 2-4pm. See link for more details. Dr Sarah Phillips is a Senior Lecturer in Government and International Relations at The University of Sydney (Australia) and a Research Associate at the Developmental Leadership Program (The University of Birmingham, UK). Her research examines security, development, and the norms of statehood from various non-Western perspectives, and the way that these perspectives interact with the norms of international state-building interventions. She is the author of two books about Yemeni politics and has been published widely in top-tiered academic journals, including Foreign Affairs, African Affairs, and International Affairs. Her piece in African Affairs was recently awarded the Stephen Ellis Prize for the most innovative article in 2014-15. She has also been awarded several prestigious competitive grants, including two from the Australian Research Council. Sarah has conducted extensive fieldwork (approximately five years total) in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa – particularly in Yemen, Somaliland, Kenya, Jordan, Pakistan, and Oman – and has consulted to numerous governments and development agencies on matters pertaining to these areas. She is joined by an Associate of CISS, Associate Professor Laura Shepherd.

  • Women in Cyber Security and Australia's Future: Sandra Ragg

    Diversity and inclusion are vital for cyber security. Increasing the participation of women is particularly important, not only for addressing the critical skills shortage in this field, but also for advancing the state of the art. In this public keynote speech for the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, Sandra Ragg, Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy, will help explain how the strength of our future cyber security workforce rests on our ability to harness the full potential of Australia’s diverse talent pool. Please join us on Friday 29 September 2017 at 9:00 am – 10:00 am AEST, in the ABS Lecture Theatre 1110, Abercrombie Building - H70, at The University of Sydney. This event is free, but registration is essential.

  • Cyber 9/12 Keynote Speech: Ambassador Tobias Feakin

    What threats and opportunities does Australia face in cyberspace? What role will the Indo-Pacific play in the future of this domain, and how can Australia help secure that future? Ambassador Tobias Feakin will help explain how officials at the highest level of government answer these critical questions.This public Lecture will be conducted on Thursday 28 September 2017 at 9:00 am – 10:00 am AEST in the ABS Lecture Theatre 1110, Abercrombie Building - H70, at The University of Sydney.

  • Jingdong Yuan writes on 'Managing the Hermit Kingdom'

    In his article for ‘Inside Story’, Associate Professor Jingdong Yuan argues that Beijing’s response to North Korea is constrained by its own security concerns. This is a timely article, as the international community looks to China to resolve tensions with North Korea. Associate Professor Yuan specializes in Asia-Pacific security, Chinese defence and foreign policy, and global and regional arms control and non-proliferation issues. A graduate of the Xi'an Foreign Language University, People's Republic of China (1982), he received his Ph.D. in political science from Queen's University in 1995 and has had research and teaching appointments at Queen's University, York University, the University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia, where he was a recipient of the prestigious Iaazk Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. He is the co-author of China and India: Cooperation or Conflict? (Boulder and London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2003). Dr. Yuan has served as Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program, and was Associate Professor of International Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College. In July-August 2009, he was a visiting senior research fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore.

  • Announcing the Annual Michael Hintze Lecture for 2017: Theo Farrell - Unwinnable Wars: Afghanistan and the limits of western military power

    Join Professor Theo Farrell, Executive Dean of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong, in the Annual Michael Hintze Lecture presented by the Centre for International Security Studies, School of Social and Political Sciences, on 26th October 2017.

  • Maja Zehfuss to discuss War and the Politics of Ethics

    War is destructive and deadly. The First World War is often thought to have shown that war is futile.  Yet the Second World War, although even more spectacularly horrible and deadly, lent itself to being represented as a ­- or indeed The - ­Good War, the war in which good triumphed over evil, freedom and democracy over genocidal racism and totalitarianism. This apparent success in making the world a better place through war has since provided not only a trope through which war can be justified but ­more than that ­a moral imaginary that powerfully suggests the appropriateness or even need to wage war for the Good. Join Maja Zehfuss, Professor of International Politics at University of Manchester, to discuss the long-standing and powerful dilemma requires us to move beyond existing ways of conceiving the ethics of war to understand war as a politics of ethics. A light lunch will be provided. This event is free, but registration is required.

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