The National Security College is a specialist graduate school aimed at enhancing the functioning of the national security community, strengthening networks of cooperation between practitioners and non-government experts, contributing to the development of a new generation of strategic analysts, achieving effective outreach to business and the wider community, and further enhancing the role of ANU as a strategic endowment for the nation.
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One of Australia’s leading international relations experts, Dr Michael Wesley, has been appointed Professor of National Security.
Professor Wesley will lead the ANU National Security College’s Academic, Outreach and Research Program and contribute to a number of courses at the Crawford School of Public Policy.
He has extensive experience teaching, researching and communicating on Australia’s international engagements, particularly in Asia.
Professor Wesley has published extensively and won the 2011 John Button Prize for Best Writing in Australian Politics for his book, There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia.
He was Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy from 2009 to 2012 and Professor of International Relations and Director of the Asia Institute at Griffith University from 2004 to 2009. He has also taught at a number of other universities in Australia and overseas. Professor Wesley was an Assistant Director-General in the Office of National Assessments in 2003/04.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young said that Professor Wesley’s appointment would consolidate the impressive progress the National Security College has made since its establishment in 2010.
“Heightened engagement on key public policy issues is a priority for the University and Professor Wesley’s appointment will help us achieve this objective,” Professor Young said.
“His impressive achievements in government, academia and the private sector make him ideally placed to further the work of the National Security College. I welcome him to the University and look forward to the contributions he will make on issues relevant to Australia’s international interests.”
Director of the National Security College, Professor Michael L’Estrange, said that Professor Wesley’s appointment is another important milestone for the College and a significant asset for the University.
“I greatly look forward to working with Michael as the College continues to pursue its important objectives as a joint initiative with the Federal Government,” he said.
Professor L’Estrange welcomed Professor Wesley’s role in leading the College’s academic program and, in particular, the fact that he will be teaching the core course in its Masters Program in First Semester 2013.