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

  • Carnegie Corporation of New York announces award to CISS for Project Q

    Carnegie Corporation of New York announces award of major grant to the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney for Project Q

  • David Smith writes op-ed for The New York Times

    Dr David Smith, academic director of USSC and a new associate at CISS, published an op-ed in The New York Times, entitled 'Australia's Bulwark Against the Far Right'. Dr Smith argues that unlike Trump and Le Pen, Pauline Hanson, the leader of One Nation, has limited political options in the Australian context.

  • Charlotte Epstein's new book is out now

    Dr Charlotte Esptein, associate professor of international relations and associate at CISS, has edited a collection of essays exploring constructivist and postcolonial approaches to the concept of 'norms' in international politics. In her volume, Against International Relations Norms: Postcolonial Perspectives, Epstein and its contributors make the case for shifting from a static analysis of ‘norms’ to a dynamic and deeply historical understanding of the drawing of the initial line between the ‘normal’ and the ‘abnormal’ that served to exclude from focus the 'strange' and the unfamiliar that were necessarily brought into play in the encounters between the West and the rest of the world. 

  • Frank Smith awarded 2017 Sydney Policy Lab grant

    Congratulations to Dr Frank Smith, member of CISS and co-founder of the Sydney Cyber Security Network, on being awarded a 2017 Sydney Policy Lab Collaborative Project grant for his project, ‘Policy scenarios for the future(s) of Australian cybersecurity’. The Sydney Policy Lab (SPL) is a new multidisciplinary initiative that will bring together researchers from across the University with government agencies, community groups, NGOS and industry to work on problem-oriented, policy-focused research.  Further information about the SPL can be found here.

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