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Jacinta Carroll

Visiting fellow, Senior Research Fellow for the Counter Terrorism and Social Cohesion Project, National Security College

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Jacinta Carroll joined the National Security College as the Director, National Security Policy, in August 2017. She is a member of NSC’s Futures Council and works across the NSC’s professional development, policy and academic programs.

Previously, Jacinta was the inaugural Head of ASPI’s Counter Terrorism Policy Centre, a position she held since August 2015. Jacinta joined ASPI from the Australian Government where she had held a variety of Senior Executive appointments, and worked in the Department of Defence and the Attorney-General’s Department. Her career experience includes working on national security, counter-terrorism, strategic policy, border security, military operations, campaign planning and scenario development, information management, and international policy with a particular focus on the Middle East and Afghanistan; she has served in Iraq.

Jacinta is a graduate of the Australian National University, has post-graduate qualifications in management from Flinders University, and holds Masters degrees from the University of Sydney and Deakin University. Her Masters theses examined United Nations Peacekeeping, and Asia-Pacific Regional Security. She is a graduate of the Australian Defence College’s Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Graduate School of Management, and serves on a number of boards including the United Service Institute - ACT and John XXIII College ANU. She has completed the Defence and Industry Study Course, the Australian Public Sector Management Course and the Middle East Diplomats course at the Truman Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

She is a member of the AVERT (Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism) Research Network and the National Security and Terrorism Program Advisory Council, Deakin University.

Recent publications

Books, reports, submissions and chapters:
Editor and contributing author on Australia, Counter-Terrorism Yearbook 2017, (PDF)
“Australia”, in Counter-Terrorism Yearbook 2018, (PDF)
Editor and contributing author, More than submarines: New dimensions in the Australia–France strategic partnership, 2017
Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s review of police stop, search and seizure powers, the control order regime and the preventative detention order regime October 2017, PDF available for download at (Submission 7) Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s review of the ‘declared area’ provisions, October 2017, PDF available for download at (Submission 6)
Marawi and after: how Australia can help, with J. Blaxland, A. Carr and M. Harris, August 2017,
CT Quick Look: Manchester Arena Bombing
CT Quick Look: Westminster Attack
Submission to the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor’s Statutory Review of CT Laws (PDF)
Report of the Proceedings of the ASPI–KAS 2nd Australia–Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue, 3–4 November 2016, Canberra, (PDF)
CT Quick Look: Operation Marksburg and CT arrest in Young, 28 February 2017, (PDF)
The American face of ISIS: Analysis of ISIS-related terrorism in the US March 2014–August 2016, Joint ASPI report with University of Chicago’s Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST), (PDF)
Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Inquiry into the Criminal Code Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2016 (PDF 152KB) (Inquiry home page) Report of the inquiry including reference to Ms Carroll’s submission
“Australia’s Experience of Daesh-Linked and Directed Extremism”, in Countering DAESH Extremism - European and Asian Responses, Panorama Insight into Asian and European Affairs
CT Quick Look: Counterterrorism action in Bankstown, 12 October 2016 (PDF)
CT Quick Look: Terrorist attack in Minto, 10 September 2016, (PDF)
CT Quick Look: New York and New Jersey terrorist attacks, 17 September 2016, (PDF)
CT Quick Look: Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice, 14 July 2016 (PDF)
“Counter-terrorism”, in Agenda for Change 2016: Strategic choices for the next government (PDF)

Opinion editorials, articles and blogs:
“Terrorists stripped bare”. Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2018,
Funding Australia’s role in the world: Security and foreign policy in the Australian Budget, APPS Policy Forum, 13 May 2018,
Podcast: Australia’s new intelligence jigsaw: Putting together the pieces of Australia’s new Home Affairs mega-ministry, with J. Blaxland, A. Davies, M. Bhandari, APPS Policy Forum, 4 May 2018,
“Counter-terrorism in Australia”, United Service, 69 (1) March 2018, pp13-16,
“Counterterrorism Yearbook 2018: Australia”, ASPI Strategist,
“Franco-Australian relations: vers un partenariat stratégique?”, ASPI Strategist, 20 December 2017,
“Clear and Present danger: the Sydney aviation plot”, The Australian,
“Australia’s Independent Intelligence Review and CT: Timely Focus as Counter-terror agencies feel the pressure” ASPI Strategist
“A strategic boost from a common approach to national security: changes to Australia’s CT laws”, The Australian Financial Review,
“The Lindt Café Siege: Lessons from the coronial inquest Pt 1: how to review and learn lessons from terrorism incidents” ASPI Strategist
“The Lindt Café Siege: Lessons from the coronial inquest Pt 2: Defence support to counter-terrorism” ASPI Strategist
“Terrorists are using encryption. Our laws need to keep up with the technology”, The Sydney Morning Herald
“Manchester terror attack and how to keep Australian public places safe from terror”, The Australian Financial Review
“Chelsea Manning’s pardon and the case against Edward Snowden” ASPI Strategist
“The French presidential election and counter-terrorism” ASPI Strategist
“The 2017 Australian Budget and National Security” ASPI Strategist
“The Counterterrorism Yearbook 2017: Australia” ASPI Strategist
“Introducing the Counterterrorism Yearbook 2017” ASPI Strategist
“Australia and Indonesia: Indispensable Partners in Counterterrorism”, IAPS Dialogue, University of Nottingham
“Reassessing US refugee suspension”, Australian Outlook, Australian Institute of International Affairs
“The American Face of ISIS” ASPI Strategist
“Migration, crime and terrorism: correct figures but wrong message”, The Sydney Morning Herald
“Donald Trump won’t be to blame for any increase in terror attacks”, The Sydney Morning Herald,

May 2018 Terrorist attacks in Indonesia 15 May 2018, Radio 2GB/Macquarie News interview with Ross Greenwood, April 2018 Conflict in Syria Sky News Speers on Sunday, Sunday 15 April
31 March 2018 ABC Saturday Extra: A Foreign Affair with Geraldine Doogue
15 March 2018 UK-Russia and Skripol case ABC Radio Adelaide Drive
11 December 2017 “Melbourne’s anti-terror speaker system ‘deeply flawed’: expert”, The New Daily
8 December 2017 “New sabotage laws for cyber attacks on Australia’s critical infrastructure”, Sydney Morning Herald,
21 November 2017 ABC Lateline: Cyberwar and IS,
The second anniversary of the Paris attacks: CT developments in Europe 13/11/17 Radio 2GB/Macquarie News interview with Michael McLaren: “Have we become numb to terror?”
New Australian counterterrorism policies and laws 4/10/17 Radio 2GB interview with Ross Greenwood on proposal to include drivers licenses in Australian CT database: “Malcolm Turnbull’s new counter terror plan”
Sydney Aviation Terrorist Plot 31/07/17 Radio 2GB interview with Ross Greenwood on Sydney aviation terror plot
Independent Intelligence Review SBS News
New Home Affairs Ministerial Portfolio ABC The World Today with Eleanor Hall ABC Adelaide Drive with Jules Schiller, (1 hour in) ABC TV Lateline
Changes to Defence support to counterterrorism ABC News Radio Ali Crew
Encrypted communications ABC Radio national ‘Roundtable’ with Tom Switzer, discussing encrypted communications Terrorist attacks ABC Radio National ‘Roundtable’ with Tom Switzer, discussing terrorist attacks
Global counterterrorism efforts ABC Radio National ‘Counterpoint’ with Amanda Vanstone, discussing the CT Year Book 2017
ISIS destruction of Mosul’s Grand Mosque ABC The World Today on Mosul mosque destruction
Lindt Cafe Siege: NSW Coroner report 28/05/2017 - Lessons from Manchester attack and Lindt cafe. Radio National. Switzer and Carroll. 24/05/2017 - NSW Coroner hands down his report into the Lindt cafe siege. Radio 2GB. Interview with Ross Greenwood
06/06/16 Brighton, Melbourne, siege: interview with Oliver Peterson, 6PR Perth,
23/05/2017 - Reactions to Manchester attack. ABC News 24.
23/05/2017 - Reactions to Manchester attack. Sky News.
12/05/2017 - Funding boost for CT in Federal Budget. SBS News. 27/04/2017 - 420 Australians on Turkey’s no entry list. SBS News. Carroll. 18/04/2017 - Concern iconic Sydney street is terror weak spot. 10/04/2017 - IS magazine published online calls for sympathisers to rob unbelievers. Herald Sun. 04/04/2017 - You can’t protect everywhere all the time’: what makes a terrorist target. 28/03/2017 - Sydney train commuters warned to be vigilant. Sky News. Carroll. 24/03/2017 - Counter-terrorism efforts around the world. The Morning Show. Carroll. 23/03/2017 - Interview with Jacinta Carroll on ABC News24. ABC. Carroll. 23/03/2017 - Australia’s efforts to detect and prevent terrorism. Yahoo7. Carroll. 21/03/2017 - Expert warns over anti-terror law delay. AAP 07/03/2017 - A Homeland Security style mega agency for Australia?. ABC The Drum. Carroll. Jan 2017 - ISIS recruits divided on ethnic lines. The Point Magazine. Carroll. 01/03/2017 - Terrorism related arrests in Young, NSW. ABC News24. Carroll. 12/02/2017 - New report shows the real face of Islamic State terror converts. The New Daily. 08/02/2017 - Lessons from History: Asking the Experts. Australian National Security Law. Carroll. 30/0½017 - Senior counter-terrorism officials in Australia hit out at Trump’s migration ban. Radio National PM. Carroll. 18/0½017 - Obama’s decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence. ABC 7:30. The operation to disrupt the Melbourne Christmas Day plot Interview on BBC World Service.
The Political Implications of events in Ankara & Berlin 20/12/2016 Bloomberg. The Political Implications of Events in Ankara and Berlin
Middle East conflict: Syrian Government Forces take parts of Aleppo 29/11/16 Interview with Joe O’Brien on Twitter: ABC News 24 9am, & Video1, Video2.
Arrest of Australian Islamic State Terrorist Neil Prakash 25/11/16 Interview with Kirsten Aiken on Twitter: ABC News 24 & Video
26/11/16 Interview with Liz Tilley on Sky News (1), Sky News (2), Sky News (3)
26/11/16 ABC News Victoria. Prakash extradition
28/11/16 ABC Radio News ‘AM Program’ Fears Prakash could radicalise inmates
26/11/16 ABC News Online, Karen Percy, Neil Prakash: Extradition of Melbourne-born ISIS recruiter cold ‘take a while’, experts say
26/11/16 The Straits Times, interview with Jonathan Pearlman
26/11/16 Sky News Govt seeks extradition of IS recruiter
26/11/16 AAP “Australia seeks to extradite IS recruiter”
26/11/16 AAP and Guardian Neil Prakash: Australia has ‘strong case’ to prosecute ISIS militant
27/11/16 SBS News Australian bid to extradite IS recruiter
27/11/16 Daily Mail, Rachel Eddy & AAP “Australia’s most wanted terrorist was ‘burned and horribly disfigured’ in Iraq drone strike that prompted reports he was dead…as details of his capture are revealed”
28/11/16 SMH/The Age Neil Prakash may have been tracked by social media posts
28/11/16 ABC News Online, Michael Edwards, Neil Prakash: Islamic State operative could radicalise inmates if brought back to Australia, experts say
28/11/16 Daily Mail, Tanya Li and Rachel Eddie & AAP, Australia’s most wanted terrorist and ISIS fighter Neil Prakash will ‘radicalise and inspire other inmates’ if he is brought home to face trial
29/11/16 The Guardian Christopher Knause, Neil Prakash extradition risks creating ‘totem to other Islamic radicals’
Immigration Minister Dutton and Lebanese-Muslim Migration 26/11/16 ABC Radio National Saturday Extra with Geraldine Doogue 7.30am, Migration Settlement Inquiry
Launch of Global Terrorism Index 2016 16 November 2016
ABC TV 7:30: Muslim preacher Thorne denies being terror cell leader 08 Nov 2016
ABC News 24 The World: Battle to reclaim Mosul from IS may have repercussions for years (TV: Carroll - 25 Oct. ABC “The World”)
Domestic terror threats to remain after ISIS defeat (Audio: Carroll - The Wire. 23 Sept.)
Families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi Arabia Kingdom (MP3 download) (Radio: Carroll - Darwin FM 104.)
Defence role in domestic counter-terrorism should be clarified (02 Sept.)
Soccer and selfies: The rise and fall of Australia’s jihadi recruitment network (ABC Online - 02 Sept.)
ABC TV 7:30 Rise and fall of Australia’s jihadi recruitment network 01 Sept 2016
Self-funding the highest risk for raising terrorist funds** (Radio: ABC “The World Today” 11 Aug.)
Australia has to re-think how to protect large gatherings: Malcolm Turnbull (Radio: ABC “The World Today” 22 July.)
Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice
Nine News: Carroll on Nice. (from 17m) ABC Midday News - Bastille Day attacks
ABC News 24 - Initial reactions to attack on Bastille Day in Nice
Conviction of Australian terrorist for recruiting and facilitating foreign fighters Nine News. Hamdi Al Qudsi conviction
Brussels terrorist attacks
Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise, live panel on Brussels attacks, with Anne Aly and Mark Latham NITV The Point with Stan Grant
ABC NSW Statewide Drive. Interview with Fiona Wyllie

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