Non-Traditional and Transnational Security Program

Non-Traditional and Transnational Security Program

This program’s suit of courses examines a range of issues that fall into the category of non-traditional security and/or have deleterious consequences for human security. Examples include infectious diseases, pandemics, bioweapons, unregulated population migration, energy and/or food security, and regional risk and resilience. In the process, a key consideration that several the courses address is that of building state and national reliance to these complex and sometime interdependent policy issues.

Professional Development Course (PDC) List  Length

Transnational security issues and policy

The changing global and geopolitical environment is reflected in the increasing number of transnational security issues that impact every nation state and civil society. These issues include different effects concerning climate and environmental change, natural disasters, pandemics, forms of civil and armed conflict, organised crime (e.g. people trafficking, smuggling, and child and labour exploitation, and food and water scarcity and energy insecurity. In the process of examining these issues, the course provides a strategic conceptual policy framework in which to analyse transnational security issues in a systemic way. Several of these issues are examined more fully in additional courses that can be attached to this foundation course within the Program.
2-day and 4-day options

Energy Security: Concepts and Challenges

This course imparts an understanding of the concept of energy security, associated challenges, and potential policy considerations. The concept of energy security has evolved over time. Therefore, the course examines these dynamics and investigates the energy security approach of the major energy consuming nations with specific case studies of the US, China, India, Russia and the impact on geopolitics. The final session will examine the energy-security approach of Australia. 

3 days

Bio-Weapons and Bio-Terrorism

The topic of this course focuses on infectious diseases and their deliberate use for bioterrorism and bioweapons. The course will examine the continuum of biological agents from naturally occurring pandemics through to the development of threats in the form of bio-weapons, and the challenges of dual-use research. A bioterrorist attack is a potential public health emergency and a criminal act, but also impacts public safety and national security. Biological threats can be considered as both a traditional as well as a non-traditional security issues which have transnational security implications.
1 Day

Infectious Diseases: Health and Other Risks

An infectious disease pandemic can have a significant effect on the human population with increased demand across the spectrum of health care from general practice for milder cases to intensive care for the sickest. In addition to the health effects, a pandemic can act as a stressor for a nation state’s social infrastructure, cohesion, and prosperity and thereby challenge the machinery of government. The day to day lives of citizens are also affected in other ways when measures are put in place to limit or contain the spread of the disease, such as social distancing, school closures, and travel restrictions. This course explores these and other non-health aspects of a pandemic drawing on past pandemics and relating those experiences to life in the twenty first century. The course will also examine forms of health and non-pharmaceutical interventions and community mitigation.
1 Day

Infectious Diseases and Regional Security

This course provides an overview and insight into some of the issues that need to be considered when thinking about biological risks and threats from a security perspective. The course is divided in two sessions: the first part of the course focuses on infectious diseases and the history of infectious diseases including their deliberate use. The second part of the course focuses on dual-use research and the range of national and international policy responses.
1 Day

Regional Risk and Resilience

This course addresses the core components and considerations of Risk and Resilience, its concepts and theories, their relationship, and the management and organisational applications within the Indo-Pacific. It will provide knowledge and understanding about the way these concepts are applied as well as tools for senior managers to assess the level of risk and resilience as well as the promotion of a culture predisposed towards resilience within their organisations. The course is organised to provide the knowledge and tools to understand the concepts of risk and resilience and the knowhow in a changing risk environment to enhance an organisation's risk and resilience capabilities.
1 Day

Unregulated Population Migration and Security

Unregulated population migration can result from several non-traditional security drivers such as changing environmental and climatic conditions, food and water scarcity, and pandemics and can contribute to instability in the region. Other drivers of instability affecting unregulated migration include man made stresses, civil conflict, organised crime, and fragile and unstable governments. Further push and pull factors include family, social networks, and/or enhanced economic or employment security. The course examines these push and pull factors and demonstrates that when two or more of these variables converge then they act as a multiplier causing instability among nation-states whereby affected populations seek other sources of food, resources, stability, and/or safety. Instability can potentially lead to the increased risk of infectious diseases, food shortages and heightened transnational organised crime including people trafficking, smuggling, and child and labour exploitation. Abstract Here
1 Day

Food and Water Security

Energy security embraces fuel and its supply for the operation of critical infrastructure and essential services, but also areas of manufacturing; the transportation of imported and exported goods; and food production and its distribution. The course will examine the way energy security is framed and the many different influential actors. It will also identify some of the complexities of energy security that are compounded by the changing geopolitical environment; the nexus between climate change and energy; the range of industry, institutional and state actors; political and economic imperatives; and policy framing. It will identify the way disparate issues are connected and their effects on the resilience of the energy system.
1 Day