Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia


    • 25 Sep 2018
    • 12:00 - 14:00
    • Mitchell Theatre Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts 280 Pitt Street Sydney



                       Promoting an understanding of defence and national security since 1888 

    RUSI NSW presents


    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

    • 26 Sep 2018
    • 19:00 - 22:00
    • Commonwealth Club, Yarralumla
    • 27

    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 MoriartySecretary 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:; 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.

    Tickets prices:  

    Member & First Guest: $70/head

    Non-Member: $100/head

    Ticket prices include pre-dinner drinks, a three course meal and drinks during dinner.

    (Photo & bio: Defence)

    • 18 Oct 2018
    • 18:00
    • Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek

    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:; 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.

    Photo: Lowy

    • 08 Nov 2018
    • 18:00
    • Spender Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek

    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:; 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.

    (Photo & bio: Murney)

Past events

19 Sep 2018 QLD: Luncheon Lecture LTCOL Andrew Kirby " Future War; A Look at the Next Generation of Warfare"
06 Sep 2018 ACT: 2018 Annual General Meeting
03 Sep 2018 SA: Luncheon Presentation - Dr Romain Fathi "Understanding France in WWII"
22 Aug 2018 QLD: Lecture - Brigadier Ian Errington AM CSC (Retd) "Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies - Canberra"
14 Aug 2018 WA: Lecture - Brett Biddington AM "Space Developments inn Australia"
14 Aug 2018 WA: Special General Meeting
09 Aug 2018 ACT: Panel Discussion: Approaches to countering terrorism and radicalisation: theory and practice
06 Aug 2018 SA: Luncheon - Colonel Steve Larkins " The Battle of Le Hamel"
26 Jul 2018 WA: Lecture - Major James Cooper-Maitland - "Collective Training as a fundamental input to capability. Are we good enough?"
18 Jul 2018 QLD: Lecture Meet & Greet "Current and Future Threats to Australia's National Security"
12 Jul 2018 ACT: Brigadier Phil Winter AM, CSC and Invictus athletes: Raising the Invictus Games 2018 Australian Team
28 Jun 2018 ACT: Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO, CSC, RAN: Reflections on working at the top table
20 Jun 2018 QLD: Luncheon Lecture - Associate Professor Sarah Percy "Piracy, Maritime Security, International Security and Mercenaries"
04 Jun 2018 SA: Luncheon Invitation - Mr Barry Patterson A/Director SA State Office DFAT " Australia's Foreign Policy White Paper"
31 May 2018 ACT: Mr Hamish Hansford, First Assistant Secretary National Security and Law Enforcement Policy: Home Affairs - the Department's Perspective
31 May 2018 VIC: Lunchtime Address - Professor Jeffrey V Rosenfeld AM OBE " The Future of Operational Health Support to the ADF: A Personal Perspective"
30 May 2018 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture - Speakers to be Advised - "4th International Diaolgue Managing Tensions in the South China Seas"
17 May 2018 WA: Evening Lecture - Colonel Raymond Powell " Future of Australian/United States Military Alliance "
16 May 2018 QLD: Lecture Notice AIRCDRE Kenneth Robinson CSC Commander Combat Support Group
03 May 2018 WA: Evening Lecture - Professor Peter Dean "MacArthur's Coalition: Australian and US Military Operations in the South West Pacific Area 1942-45"
01 May 2018 QLD: Evening Lecture AVM Dr Hugh Bartholomeusz OAM RFD MBBS FRACS Associate Professor University of Queensland "Tissue Reconstruction in War and Peace"
24 Apr 2018 QLD: Evening Lecture - Presenters Jeff Hopkins-Weise and Greg Czechura "The First World War German Tank Mephisto, and the 26th Battalion: War, Technology and Remembrance"
24 Apr 2018 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture - Allan Behm "Framing Foreign Policy in Times of Uncertainty"
19 Apr 2018 ACT: 2017 Leo Mahony Bursary Winner: Ms Deborah Jeppesen: "Are we Influential? Examining the attributes which make military advisors effective in Train Advise Assist roles"
18 Apr 2018 QLD: Lunchtime Lecture "Meet & Greet" Hon Cameron Dick and Trevor Evans MP
05 Apr 2018 ACT: AVM Tracy Smart AM: Working Title "ADF Health Support Arrangements in Peace and War"
29 Mar 2018 VIC: Lunchtime Address - Mr Kevin Wall, Vice President Land, Thales Group Australia & New Zealand - " Current and Future Prospects for Defence Industry in Victoria"
27 Mar 2018 WA: Dr Zubair Baig - Senior Lecturer of Cyber Security, ECU "Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security"
27 Mar 2018 NSW Lunchtime Lectures and Events - Deputy Commissioner Mandy Newton APM - Deputy Commissioner , Support of the Australian Border Force - "The Australian Border Force"
21 Mar 2018 QLD: Luncheon Lecture - LTCOL Stephen Jenkins DSM "The Australian Defence Force Building Partner Capacity : The Afghan National Army Officer Academy"
16 Mar 2018 NSW: Joint Presentation with Sydney Harbour Federation Trust - LTCOL Peter Sweeney RFD (Retd) "Japanese Attacks on Sydney Harbour 1942" and MAJ Chris Ballantyne (Retd) Tunnel Inspection of Historic Artillery Emplacements at Georges Heights"
15 Mar 2018 ACT: Professor Clive Williams: "The Battle of Marawi"
06 Mar 2018 QLD: Evening Lecture - Ms Vikki Bennett - "Never Forget Australia! The Little French Digger, one of six poignant stories from the upcoming documentary based on Vikki Bennett's recent book"
05 Mar 2018 SA: March Luncheon Speaker - Richard Price, CEO of Defence SA
27 Feb 2018 NSW: Lunchtime Lectures and Events - Professor James Curran - "Australia and Trump's America: Problems and Perspectives
21 Feb 2018 QLD: February Luncheon Lecture Guest Speaker - Rear Admiral Simon Cullen AM CSC RAN (Retd) - Chairman and National President Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies
08 Feb 2018 ACT: Professor John Blaxland: "Home Sweet Home: A Critical Historical and Contemporary Perspective on the Emergence of the Department of Home Affairs"
06 Feb 2018 QLD: RUSIQ Evening Lecture by Mr Nigel Allsop - "Animals on War" Since ancient times man has used animals to assist him in waging war.
05 Feb 2018 SA: Invitation to Luncheon Event - Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith MP - "Strategic Focus on the South Pacific sea, air, land and space"
01 Feb 2018 SA: An Evening with Senator Rex Patrick
09 Dec 2017 SA: Sundowner Barbecue - C A N C E L L E D - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
04 Dec 2017 SA: Lunchtime Presentation - Rajiv Chand and Ian Gladstone - Dementia & Health "The Unspoken Impact on Command and Leadership"
30 Nov 2017 ACT: Christmas Drinks
30 Nov 2017 VIC: Lunchtime Address - Dr David Hunt - "Likely changes in US defense posture in the Asia/Pacific resulting from the appointment of President Trump
28 Nov 2017 QLD: Military Modelling Special Interest Group - "Diorama Unveiling" & End of Year Function
22 Nov 2017 ACT: 2017 ACT Blamey Oration: Stan McChrystal: Leading in Uncertainty
15 Nov 2017 QLD: Lunch Time Lecture - Commissioner Katarina Carroll APM - "Today's Fire and Emergency Services in QLD" - "Undder One banner a Last"
14 Nov 2017 QLD: Evening Lecture - "Railways in World War One" "One part in a much longer Australsian military railways journey."
06 Nov 2017 SA: November Luncheon Speaker - Phil Palmer, SA Secretary of the Ambulance Employees Association - "What it is to be a paramedic (Ambo) in South Australia, the challenges and rewards."
31 Oct 2017 QLD: Evening Lecture - "The Charge at Beersheba and its Context" - Presenter Capt Adele Catts
26 Oct 2017 ACT: Dr Tony Murney: Police Development Challenges in Afghanistan and Somalia: A Personal Perspective
18 Oct 2017 QLD: Captain Adele Catts - "The Australian Light Horse in WW I"
10 Oct 2017 QLD: "Say Farewell to the Beersheba Diorama" - Military Modelling Special Interest Group
09 Oct 2017 SA: October Luncheon Speaker - Senator Cory Bernardi, Senator for South Australia - "A Conservative's View of Defence."
05 Oct 2017 ACT: Dr Alan Ryan: The Australian Civil-Military Centre
21 Sep 2017 ACT: 2017 Annual Members' Dinner: Ms Kathryn Campbell CSC, Secretary of the Department of Human Services: Securing our systems and data
13 Sep 2017 QLD: CAPT David L O Hayward (Retd) - " The Sovereignty Dispute in the South China Sea, Economic Considerations for the Military & Economic Security of Australia"
07 Sep 2017 ACT: 2017 Annual General Meeting
05 Sep 2017 QLD: Diane Melloy - " The Boys of Brisbane Grammar School, Soldiers of the Queen and the King, to the Boer War and to the Great War."
04 Sep 2017 SA: September Luncheon Speaker - Dr Romain Fathi " A different perspective on the First World War: The Frence Experience."
23 Aug 2017 QLD: MAJ Matthew Marcinkewycz - The Modern IED Threat
22 Aug 2017 ACT: Conference: The Law of the Sea in the Asia Pacific Region: Opportunities, Threats and Challenges
10 Aug 2017 ACT: Hon Dan Tehan MP: Cyber Security
07 Aug 2017 SA: August Luncheon
01 Aug 2017 QLD: 2017 LTCOL Rick Maher: "Gallantry -v- Leadership"
13 Jul 2017 ACT: Mr Scott Dewar, First Assistant Secretary International Policy, Department of Defence
03 Jul 2017 SA: Luncheon Speaker July - Imam Mohammed Tawhidi - "The Danger to Australia posed by Muslim Extremists"
29 Jun 2017 ACT: Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC, Chief of Air Force: The Royal Australian Air Force: The Next Three Years
05 Jun 2017 ACT: Major General Kath Toohey CSC, Head Land Capability: Looking Ahead: the Australian Army out to 2025
05 Jun 2017 SA: June Luncheon Speaker : Chen Yonglin, Former Chinese Diplomat : "Exposing the Chinese threat to Australia's Sovereignty"
11 May 2017 ACT: Commissioner Andrew Colvin, APM, OAM: Australian Federal Police Operations in the Near Region
05 May 2017 WA: Invitation to Notre Dame Book Launch - "1915: Australians at War and on the Home Front" Edited by Daniel Baldino and Mike Brennan
03 May 2017 ACT: Seminar on German Maritime Security and Operational Thinking: Prof Dr Michael Epkenhans & COL Dr Gerhard Gross
01 May 2017 SA: Senator Nick Xenophon - Luncheon Speaker 1 May 2017 “Addressing the Adequacy of Australia’s Defence & Security Systems” -
01 May 2017 SA: LATE NEWS - INVITATION to LUNCHEON with Senator Nick Xenophon Senator for South Australia and Martin Hamilton-Smith MP JP - South Australian Minister for Defence Industries
06 Apr 2017 ACT: Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, Chief of Navy: The Royal Australian Navy: The Next Three Years
03 Apr 2017 SA: Jodie van Deventer- CEO Committee of Adelaide - "Future for Adelaide"
23 Mar 2017 ACT: 2016 Leo Mahony Bursary Winners: Mr Cameron Hawker and Major Leon Young
09 Mar 2017 ACT: Mr Graham Fletcher, First Assistant Secretary North Asia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: A Focus on the Region - Australia and China: conflict of interests?
23 Feb 2017 ACT: Prof Clive Williams, MG: Lessons Learned from the Battle for Mosul
09 Feb 2017 ACT: Dr John Blaxland: Australia & Regional Security: The Challenge of being an Indo-Pacific Middle Power in the Age of Trump
06 Feb 2017 SA: Luncheon Presentation "Saudi Arabia - Defence Attache Report"
13 Dec 2016 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture Tuesday 13 December 2016
08 Dec 2016 WA: Energy Security in the Indo-Pacific Century - Mr Andrew Pickford
30 Nov 2016 ACT: Dr Stephan de Spiegeleire: Capability-based planning: How does force design take place and how is that translated into capabilities?
29 Nov 2016 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture Tuesday 29 November 2016
24 Nov 2016 ACT: 2016 Christmas Drinks
10 Nov 2016 WA: November 2016 Lecture
09 Nov 2016 ACT: 2016 Blamey Oration: The Dragon and the Snakes: Emerging and Future Security Threats in the Post-Cold War Order: Dr David Kilcullen
26 Oct 2016 SA: Current Issues Briefing - The Australian Air Campaign in the Middle East 2000-2016
25 Oct 2016 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture 25 October 2016
19 Oct 2016 WA: An Evening with Mr Bob Jensen Senior Managing Director Strat3 LLC
13 Oct 2016 ACT: Contestability in Defence - Opportunities and Challenges
26 Sep 2016 NSW: Military History Seminar
22 Sep 2016 ACT: 2016 Annual Members' Dinner
08 Sep 2016 ACT: Annual General Meeting
08 Sep 2016 ACT: General Jim Mattis USMC (Retd)
07 Sep 2016 ACT: Naval History Workshop
05 Sep 2016 SA: RUSI SA Luncheon
31 Aug 2016 ACT: History Seminar Series: Western Front: Fromelles/Pozières and Beyond
30 Aug 2016 NSW: Lunchtime Lecture The ADF Reserve Contribution to Australia’s defence
25 Aug 2016 WA: August 2016 Lecture Dr Leigh Straw - The Mental and Physical Scars of War
17 Aug 2016 ACT: Dusted Off with Brett Hunt
04 Aug 2016 ACT: Chief of Army - The Ryan Review
29 Jul 2016 ACT: An Evening Inspired by Bean
21 Jul 2016 ACT: Analysing the 2016 Defence White Paper
04 Jul 2016 SA: July Luncheon
09 Jun 2016 ACT: Order of Australia Association (ACT) 2016 ADF Oration
06 Jun 2016 Global Solution for Humanitarian Emergency Shelter and Storage
02 Jun 2016 ACT Lecture: Mr Bill Farmer AO
23 May 2016 RUSI of SA - Current Issues Briefing
11 May 2016 ACT Lecture: Mr Peter Baxter
30 Apr 2016 QLD Seminar Program
20 Apr 2016 QLD Lecture Program
22 Mar 2016 NSW - Speak, Time (Location)

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