The ACSS Podcast explores topics highly relevant to Australia’s evolving national security issues. In September 2023, a competitive application process will result in over 80 high-caliber delegates being selected from a variety of fields. Currently in its fourth year, the ACSS will host hubs in capital cities across Australia and a US team based out of Washington DC. Delegates will face three intense and realistic crisis simulations exploring domestic, regional, and non-traditional national security dilemmas. These podcast episodes will assist our delegates to prepare for summit week while also informing our wider audience of evolving issues relating to Australia’s national security.
All past and current members of the ACSS team would like to acknowledge that this podcast is being recorded on the traditional lands of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people and pay our respects to the elders past, present, and emerging. We also acknowledge the traditional custodians of each of our delegate hubs where many of our listeners will be based. You are listening to the podcast produced by the Australian Crisis Simulation Summit. We are a volunteer student-led organisation who create and run complex futuristic and alternative crisis simulations in a national effort to help create the next generation of national security experts and leaders.
We hope you enjoy this series.
S3E12 Development Intelligence with Heather Murphy
Welcome to the twelfth episode of the ACSS' third season podcast where Vishwas Grover sits down with Heather Murphy, Senior Analyst at The Lab. We delve into Australia's international development policies, the Lab's mission, and its role in the Australian development ecosystem. Heather's insights on Australia's Indo-Pacific engagement, indivisible security, and regional dynamics are discussed. We explore how Australia's new international development policy addresses security risks. Heather shares her perspective on Papua New Guinea's development trajectory and its impact on Australia. We also look at Australia's promising future in international development and The Lab's role. Don't miss Heather's message to future national security leaders and foreign policy strategists.Heather Murphy is a Senior Analyst at the Development Intelligence Lab. She is a foreign policy expert with over a decade of hands-on experience in the field of international relations. Previously she was a Senior Analyst at the Office of National Intelligence, focusing on critical infrastructure in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, the political economy of Papua New Guinea, and state building in Bougainville. Prior to that, she was a development practitioner and diplomat, working for the World Bank, AusAID, and DFAT in Thailand, Australia, and Papua New Guinea. In government, a number of her roles focused on the effectiveness and performance of Australia’s aid program and its practical application as a tool of statecraft.
S3E11 The Idea of Security with Matt McDonald
In the eleventh episode of the ACSS' third season, Ryan Zabik sits down with Associate Professor Matt McDonald to discuss all things security. Matt McDonald is Associate Professor in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on critical theoretical approaches to security and their application to issues such as environmental change, Australian foreign and security policy, climate politics and Asia-Pacific security dynamics.———————————————————————————————————————————Show Notes:Article in International Affairs regarding UNSC (https://academic.oup.com/ia/article/99/4/1635/7180159) Article in Environmental Politics regarding Geoengineering. (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09644016.2022.2113606) Matt's latest book exploring the concept of ecological security and how security is constructed. (https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009024495)
S3E10 Surviving the Storm with Meg Tapia
In the tenth episode of the ACSS' third season, Jackson Skinner sits down with Meg Tapia to discuss what it is like to deal with real crises, what leadership in action looks like and how to deal with intense situations.
Meg is a seasoned national security and foreign policy practitioner with over 20 years of operational experience, including 16 years as a diplomat. Meg is currently the Managing Director and Owner of Novexus, a national security advisory firm helping government and corporate clients navigate risk and complexity.
To get a feel for what crisis looks like in action: Apollo 13 (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112384/)
If you’re able to handle a story about a pandemic: Contagion ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1598778/)
For political satire: Wag the Dog (1997) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120885/)
Leadership in the Eye of the Storm, Bill Tibbo (https://utorontopress.com/9781442649941/leadership-in-the-eye-of-the-storm/)
The rest of the ACSS Series
S3E9 Crisis Simulations with Robert Pratten
In the ninth episode of the ACSS’ third season, Jacob Huth sits down with Robert Pratten, CEO of Conducttr, to discuss the value of crisis simulations, the story of Conductrr and the role of crisis simulations in preparing the next generation of national security leaders. Show Notes: The Italian Job (1969) - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064505/
S3E8 Public Service, Foreign Policy White Papers and the Shangri-La Dialogue with Richard Maude
In the eighth episode of the ACSS' third season, Richard Maude joins Jackson Skinner to discuss a career in the public service, the Australian government's 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper and the recent Shangri-La Dialogue. Richard Maude has held many high-level public service positions, including Director-General of the Office of National Assessment and senior adviser on foreign policy and national security issues to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
S3E7 Government in Society, Leadership and Regional Security with Dennis Richardson AO
In the seventh episode of the ACSS’ third season (part two of the discussion with Dennis Richardson), Jackson Skinner further discusses Dennis Richardson’s views on the role of government in society, essential leadership traits, the United States’ staying power in Asia and the value of wargaming throughout a long career in the APS.
Anything written by Ben MacIntyre, but specifically ‘A Spy Among Friends’ https://www.amazon.com.au/Spy-Among-Friends-Philby-Betrayal/dp/0804136653
A Bridge of Spies https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3682448/
The James Bond franchise