2014 Annual Dinner: Trilateral Dinner with Australia, the United States and Japan

Advancing US-Japan-Australia Tri-lateral Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific: Identifying Obstacles || Finding Solutions

Thursday 4 September 2014
National Gallery of Australia

Key Speakers:
The Hon. Mr Tony Abbott MP, The Prime Minister of Australia (invited)
His Excellency Yoshitaka Akimoto, Japanese Ambassador to Australia (confirmed)
His Excellency John Berry, US Ambassador to Australia (confirmed)
General Hawk Carlisle, Commander, Pacific Air Forces (COMPACAF) (Confirmed)

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The Future of Australia’s Security Thinking.

By Australia’s Future Strategic Leaders.

Introducing Next.

We have secured a theatre with a larger seating capacity and have a few more places available. for inquiries, please contact the Kokoda Office on 02 6295 1555 or send an email info@kokodafoundation.org

Friday 25 July 2014
Palace Electric Theatre, Canberra

Host: LTGEN Peter Leahy AC (Retd), Director of the National Security Institute and Kokoda Foundation Director

Picture this. Seven future strategic leaders* delivering six-minute bursts about a topic they’re passionate aboutundefinedbut a topic they also feel is of importance to Australia’s national security.

And their talks are engaging, edgy and arguing a specific point or position. Expect innovative thinking and insights, even some controversy. A sloppy slide-show it’s not.

From innovative ideas on fuel security, to improving Australia’s defence R&D efforts, to the rise of Africa – and its implications for Australia – last year's presenters delivered a diverse and tantalizing range of ideas. We're expecting the same level of performance for the upcoming July event, with a very high calibre of applicants making the selection process an agonising task for the team.

Next runs for one hour in the arthouse-style setting of Palace Electric Cinema, and is followed with networking by the bar undefined your chance to engage in conversation with Australia’s future security leaders.

This is Kokoda Next.

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Kokoda Next is proudly sponsored by the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security at Charles Sturt University.

The Kokoda Foundation and Engineers Australia present Cyber Security: Is Your Business Ready?

Thursday 7 August 2014
Butters Theatre, BARTON, ACT

Hosted by Andy McClarty
President, Canberra Division Engineers Australia

Cyber security is something that affects all Australians.  It stretches from the hip pocket of every adult Australian to the challenges of espionage and national security.  It is about crime, and threats to your commercial success.  The panel will explore concepts of cyber resilience and business continuity, highlighting what damage from a cyber attack could entail.  The threats can be unsophisticated e-mail scams to sophisticated targeted programs that can open up commercial and personal information to criminals.  So we all know there is a threat but the challenge is meeting the threats in a systematic effective manner.  Engineering and particularly the information technology arms of engineering are an integral part to combating cyber threats.  There are extraordinary innovations in hardware and software engineering occurring daily, but it is not just about technical solutions because  cyber security is also a social and legal challenge.

The panel will explore the dimensions of cyber security, with a particular emphasis on the role of business meeting cyber security challenges. Engineers Australia Canberra Division is looking to advancing cyber security in the ACT with other stakeholders and considers this seminar an important part of the engagement program.

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Security Challenges: Intelligence and Security Issues for Australia

In this issue, ADBR competition winner David Schaefer investigates intelligence reform with a focus on the relentless growth of the information collected for the foreign intelligence assessment process.

Shandon Harris-Hogan investigates Jihadism in Australia, Rita Parker and Jenny Stewart examine energy and food security, while David Brewster looks at the India-Australia security and defence relationship.

In addition, Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect assesses the role of poison gas and diplomacy in the Syrian conflict while Guy Roberts looks at the China policies of US Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and what this can reveal about managing this relationship in the 21st Century.

For links to article details and full-text PDF, see the table of contents of this edition. Hard copies can be ordered here.



Chairman’s Circle – a special level of Kokoda Membership

The Chairman’s Circle is an exclusive level of membership of the Foundation which recognises publicly the support and assistance that an individual or a company provides.  It enables people to help contribute to the national security debate by supporting the Foundation in a philanthropic manner.

As a member of the Chairman’s Circle you will receive all the benefits of general membership including receiving Security Challenges, research papers and invitations to Kokoda events and activities.  Whenever possible members of the Chairman’s Circle will receive exclusive invitations to Kokoda Closed workshop activities and VIP access at our larger events. Please note closed workshop invitations are issued based on subject matter expertise and required security clearances.

In addition all members of the Chairman’s Circle will be listed on the Kokoda Foundation website, acknowledged in the Annual Report to members and welcomed formally in Kokoda’s quarterly newsletters.

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More information on all membership levels and online registration is available here

Upcoming events

25 Jul 2014 4:30 PM (UTC+10:00) • Palace Electric Theatre, New Acton Nishi Building, 2 Phillip Law Street, Canberra
25 Jul 2014 6:00 PM (UTC+10:00) • Palace Electric Theatre, New Acton Nishi Building, 2 Phillip Law Street, Canberra
07 Aug 2014 6:00 PM (UTC+10:00) • Butters Theatre, 11 National Circuit BARTON
04 Sep 2014 7:00 PM (UTC+10:00) • Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
31 Dec 2014 7:30 AM (UTC+11:00) • TBA
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