Future Strategic Leaders Congress
Australia’s Role in Addressing Global Nuclear Security Challenges7-9 November 2014
ANU Coastal Campus, Kioloa
Keynote Speaker: Prof. the Hon. Gareth Evans AC, QC
With the world’s attention focused on the threat posed by violent extremists in Iraq and the escalating conflict in Ukraine, it is timely that we remind ourselves of the threat posed by nuclear weapons – one that could add a further horrific dimension to modern conflicts.
Despite the lack of media coverage, the deliberate or accidental use of nuclear weapons poses a continuing and potentially existential threat to the world as we know it. There are at least 23,000 nuclear warheads still in existence, with a combined blast capacity equivalent to 150,000 Hiroshima bombs. The US and Russia together have over 22,000 nuclear weapons with 2,000 of them still on dangerously high alert - ready to be launched immediately. (International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, 2009).
This Congress will explore various facets of global nuclear security, including:
• The opportunities and risks in the nuclear fuel cycle;
• Nuclear weapons non-proliferation – a status report;
• Counter-proliferation – what is it and is it working; and
Alongside exploring these issues, participants will have the opportunity to discuss Australia's role in addressing global nuclear security challenges with experts in the field.
The Kokoda Foundation Spring
The Kokoda Foundation welcomes all members and their guests to an open networking event. Guests will have the opportunity to network with peers, seasoned professionals and those wanting to enter the national security community. VIP guests and Kokoda Foundation board members will also be in attendance.
Come along and reinvigorate yourself in national and international matters after Canberra’s winter hibernation period.
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.
Register for Chairman's Circle here
More information on all membership levels and online registration is available here.