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ROYAL UNITED SERVICES INSTITUTE
FOR DEFENCE AND
SECURITY STUDIES NSW
Promoting an understanding of defence and national security since 1888
RUSI NSW presents
SEPTEMBER LUNCHTIME LECTURE
Tuesday 25 September 2018
Image source: ASPI
Speaker: Jacky Westermann, Researcher and Editor, International Program -
Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Subject: Kremlin looking East – Russia’s interests in the Pacific
Jacqueline Westermann is a researcher with the International Program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Her research interests include security in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, German foreign and military policy as well as the role of women in peace and security. Prior to joining ASPI in 2017, Jacky was a program assistant at the Warsaw office of The German Marshall Fund of the United States. Originally from Germany, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Law at the University of Muenster, and graduated from the University of St Andrews with a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies. Afterwards Jacky lived in Russia and worked at the Moscow German Newspaper. Additionally, she co-edits a current affairs blog, The PACT Online, and contributes to a selection of national and international political outlets such as The Strategist, The Australian, APPS Policy Forum, Australian Defence Magazine, New Eastern Europe, Visegrad Insight and others.
ASPI articles by Jacqueline Westermann
Lecture commences at 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm
Mitchell Theatre (Level 1)
Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
280 Pitt Street Sydney
Lunchtime Lectures are open to any interested person.
Attendance fees are:
Institute Members $10.00; Non-members $15.00.
Payment will be collected at the lecture.
Pre-event registration is not required.
Sandwiches served: 12.00 noon
(cost $8.00 to be paid on the day)
must be pre-ordered by calling 9393 2325
Sandwich orders must be provided no later than
10.00 am Monday 24 September 2018
The Institute's 2018 Annual Members' Dinner, sponsored by Thales Australia, will be held at the Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla, on Wednesday 26 September, at 1900 for 1930hrs.
The Council is delighted to announce that the Guest Speaker for this year's event will be Mr Greg Moriarty, Secretary of the Department of Defence. Mr Moriarty will speak about Positioning Defence for success in a contested Indo-Pacific.
Dress for this event is Winter Mess Dress for serving Service personnel and Black Tie with Miniatures for civilian and retired Service members and guests.
Please register and pay on the website or by contacting Mickey in our office (E: email@example.com; T: 02 6266 3446). Don't forget to advise any dietary restrictions. We will endeavour to accommodate your seating preferences but this may not be possible in all cases.
Member & First Guest: $70/head
Ticket prices include pre-dinner drinks, a three course meal and drinks during dinner.
(Photo & bio: Defence)
The USI of the ACT Council is delighted to announce a presentation by former USI Vice President and long-time student of Iran, Ian Dudgeon, entitled Trump's Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal: Winners and Losers. The presentation will be held in the Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek, on Thursday 18 October 2018, commencing at 1800 hours.
On 8 May 2018 President Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (formally, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - JCPOA). Initially, Trump threatened withdrawal, and the reimposition of severe JCPOA-related sanctions, unless European JCPOA signatories (Britain, France and Germany - Russia and China are the other signatories) and Iran struck a new deal that rectified his perceived flaws in the deal. Trump then broadened his demands to include that Iran cease its other 'destabilising' regional activities. Trump has threatened to break Iran's economy, and precipitate 'regime change' through internal dissidence, if his demands are not met. Trump's demands have not been met due to push-back by Iran and other JCPOA signatories. The first of the reimposed sanctions took effect in early August, the remainder will take effect in November.
But Trump's demands and actions threaten a much wider destabilisation. At stake is the potential survivability of Iran's moderate government, and its ability to contain the hardliners through greater economic and constructive political engagement with the West. What will happen if Trump does break Iran's economy; will Iran, a state of 82 million people, descend into chaos, or worse, and what impact would that have on regional stability? Trump has also precipitated direct confrontation with European signatories who want an intact JCPOA and lifted economic sanctions as a lever to negotiate Iran's other destabilising activities. Also at stake are billions of dollars of trade and investment in Iran by all JCPOA signatories and Iran's other major trading partners, and the status of US global trade and international financial systems generally.
Ian will discuss these issues, and likely winners and losers, in what promises to be a fascinating presentation.
There is no charge for attendance, but registration is required, either on the website here, or by contacting the USI office (E: firstname.lastname@example.org; T: 02 6266 3446).
Please join us for networking in the ADC Mess from 1700 hours.
Members and guests are reminded that photo ID is required for access to the Weston Creek campus.
Dr Tony Murney's October 2017 presentation on police development challenges in Afghanistan and Somalia was acclaimed by members and guests who attended. The Council is delighted to announce that, following another short tour in Afghanistan in 2018, Tony has agreed to provide an update based on his most recent experiences.
With a focus on policing and the rule of law, Tony will provide an orientation to the current situation in Afghanistan, then make observations on lessons that might benefit us when considering future engagements of this type. With the Afhgan National Police continuing to bear the brunt of the conflict in Afghanistan, he will raise questions about the sustainability of current approaches. His insights will challenge publicly stated claims about progress in the campaign.
Attendance at this event is free, but registration is required. You can register on the website or by contacting Mickey in our office (E: email@example.com; T: 02 6266 3446).
(Photo & bio: Murney)
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