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

Latest News

  • Averting US-China conflict in the Asia-Pacific: a review article by Jingdong Yuan

    Associate Professor Jingdong Yuan's review article on US-China relations in the Asia-Pacific was recently published in the Chatham House flagship journal International Affairs. Click to read the review article.

  • Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney speaks to James Der Derian

    On the occasion of the the Australian premiere of 'Zero Days' at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, the Centre for International Security Studies presents this special podcast of a conversation between CISS Director James Der Derian and the award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, recorded shortly after the remarkable trifecta screenings at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival of Gibney's 'Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief'; 'Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown'; and 'Steve Job: The Man in the Machine.'

  • Violence and the Contradictory Coexistence of Peace and Conflict in the Asia Pacific Region

    CISS Associate, Adjunct Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais wrote a piece for the Middle East Institute introducing the current crisis in the South China Sea and reflecting on the 1956 Suez Crisis. The article criticises the strategies used by leading states to become the "dominant identity" by provoking violence in seemingly non-violent environments for one purpose only: maintaining hegemony.

  • Dr. Christopher Neff comments on the Orlando shooting on Australian media

    CISS Associate, Dr. Christopher Neff has commented on the recent Orlando shooting on ABC's program The Drum and The Canberra Times.

  • ESRC GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY WORKSHOP: 'Examining the role of the private sector in health-related humanitarian response'

    The entry of for-profit organisations in health-related humanitarian response has been a relatively new phenomenon, but the move towards what some have described as the “privatization” of humanitarian response has been observed across multiple humanitarian-related areas and activities, particularly in the areas of medical aid, surveillance and logistics. Visit this post to watch the individual video presentations from the ESRC Public Lecture.

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