Join Allan Behm, Director of The Australia Institute's International & Security Affairs Program, in conversation with Senator Sarah Hanson-Young at the Adelaide Town Hall to discuss Allan's new book: No Enemies No Friends
The orthodoxy that increased defence spending will deliver increased national security confirms the status quo. But it does not help us to deal with shocks and surprises. How should Australia re-calibrate its national security settings to deal with global disruption?
Australia’s cultural and historical experiences have shaped our security thinking. Our mindset is built around interlocking pathologies: racism, misogyny, isolation, insecurity, a brashness that masks a deep lack of self-confidence, and the perverse effects of the cultural cringe.
This book is not about why Australia has become so good at getting things so bad. Rather, it suggests we have every capability to improve. It is less a lamentation for what might have been than a meditation on how to learn sure-footedness in our international affairs, in a new and less predictable world. We need to maintain a credible defence force, and invest in diplomacy to reduce our dependence on military force and defence alliances. This is crucial for the maintenance of our long-term security and confidence to become a significant international actor.
Allan Behm specialises in political and security risk evaluation, policy analysis and development, and negotiating the policy/politics interface.
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is an Australian politician who has been a Senator for South Australia since July 2008, representing the Australian Greens. She is the youngest woman to be elected to federal parliament, winning election at the age of 25 and taking office at the age of 26.
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 6:00pm - 7pm ACDT
Adelaide Town Hall, Prince Alfred Room
128 King William St
Adelaide , SA 5000
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