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Centre for International Security Studies

Analysing security issues facing Australia, the Asia Pacific and the world
In a rapidly changing security environment we expect the unexpected and apply our expertise to regional conflicts, global events and shocks to the international order.

About us

The Centre for International Security Studies was established in 2006, 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.

The centre takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of international security and draws on a wide range of skills and expertise from academics, researchers and practitioners across the University and from around the world. Our research informs debates and promotes engagement with the policy community, NGOs and the public. We work with organisations spanning policy and operations, uniquely positioning us to analyse and interpret the strategic implications of world events for governments, businesses and individuals.


Our people

Centre members include academics from the University of Sydney and other prestigious global institutions. 

Our events

The Centre for International Security Studies hosts a large public events program. Whether it's a lecture on the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific, a panel discussion on the security implications of quantum technologies, or a film screening about the global arms trade, CISS events are always exciting and informative. See below for a list of our upcoming events or subscribe to our updates to be the first to know what's on.

The Dilemma between Security and Economy: Japan’s Strategy toward the New Cold War

Tuesday 12 March, 2.00 - 3.00pm

The U.S. is Japan’s most important security ally, while China is Japan’s biggest trading partner. Facing a trade and technology war between two giants, Japan’s dilemma between national security and economic prosperity is becoming more and more serious. What strategy does Japan have to deal with the prospect of a new Cold War? Join our special guest, Professor Yasuhiro Matsuda from the University of Tokyo, as he explores these questions.

Register here.

Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit

Thursday 14 March, 6.00 - 7.30pm

As the UK’s scheduled departure from the EU looms, there are still many questions about whether the deed will actually happen. This talk will investigate how archetypal myths can help us renew democratic conversations, whether British exceptionalism is actually exceptional, the meaning of a promise, and the price of hubris.

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Tracking Digital Espionage

Tuesday 12 February, 6.00 - 7.30pm

How much do governments know about our online history? Join Ron Deibert, digital detective and founder of Citizen Lab, as he reveals the hidden surveillance systems used to spy on civil society.

The Geopolitics of the Quantum Race

Thursday 21 February, 6.00 - 7.30pm

Following a packed house in 2018, CISS and Project Q are proud to present the fifth annual Q Forum on the geopolitics of the quantum race. Is it really happening? Join our panel of international experts as they discuss the possibilities – and the perils – that await us in a quantum future.

Register here.

The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age

Monday 25 February, 6.00 - 7.30pm

The rise of cyberweapons has transformed geopolitics like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb. Cheap to acquire, easy to deny, and usable for a variety of malicious purposes, cyber is now the weapon of choice for democracies, dictators, and terrorists. Join David E. Sanger, New York Times national security correspondent, for this exclusive Australian appearance discussing his latest book The Perfect Weapon. This event is presented as part of the CISS Global Forum.

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Professor James der Derian