Challenges in Australian National Security - A Brown Bag Lunch with Andrew Smith, Ph.D.

Tuesday, April 15, 12-1 p.m. 
Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies, 232 ICC, Georgetown University

After twelve years of coalition military operations in the Middle East, Australia is re-setting its national security policy. Australia's security environment is challenging: continued instability in the Southwest Pacific, terrorism in its near abroad, a rising China, human smuggling, transnational crime, uncertainty over the shape of the U.S. rebalance to the Asia Pacific and the need to diversify its economy as the mineral boom culminates are among the many factors that must be considered. This session analyses the key decisions that must be made in the next few years.