Curtin University’s Strategic Flashlight forum on National Security and Strategy


RMIT UniCurtin University’s Strategic Flashlight forum on National Security and Strategy


The EU Centre at RMIT in conjunction with the Strategic Flashlight forum on National Security and Strategy presents:

‘Shirt-Fronting’ the Bear: Managing Australia-Russia Relations at the & Post G20 Summit

The upcoming G20 Summit in Brisbane is likely to be the test for both Canberra and Moscow. One of the most anticipated and controversial developments at the forthcoming Leaders Summit would be possible discussions between Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

This special briefing will consider the current state of Australia-Russia relations, dilemmas surrounding Russia-West relations in the context of Ukraine crisis, managing the threat of globalised terrorism, the Ebola virus outbreak, Afghanistan dilemma and other. By comparing Australia-Russia and EU-Russia relations it will attempt to identify future trends that may shape up Russia-West relations post-2014.

Speaker: Dr Alexey D Muraviev, Head of the Department of Social Sciences and International Studies, Curtin University

Event details:

Monday 10 November 2014

12:30pm -2:00pm

RMIT City campus

Council Chamber, building 1, level 2R

Free Event. All Welcome.

A light lunch will be served.

Please RSVP to for catering purposes.


Curtin Uni LogoUnravelling the Ideology of Al-Qaeda – Timeless Principles vs Current Affairs?

Date: Wednesday, 5 November

Time: 17.30 to 19.00hrs (17.15 for a 17.30 start)

Venue: BankWest Lecture theatre, 200A.220, Curtin University’s Bentley campus

The abstract: This presentation will look at the narratives of Al-Qaeda as espoused in its Inspire magazine and consider what are the issues that the group predominantly focuses on: the West, or local concerns from within the Islamic world? An understanding of Al-Qaeda’s ideology is essential in determining the nature of the group and whether its objectives are largely political or religious in nature. This has consequences for devising effective counter narrative campaigns as well as understanding the trajectory of global terrorist narratives, and possible future scenarios.

The speaker: Dr Julian Droogan is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT), Macquarie University where he is Director of the International Security Studies program and lectures in Asia-Pacific security. At PICT Julian is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (Routledge). He is also the Australian researcher for the Council for Asian Transnational Threats Research (CATR), and occasional writer on issues of religion and violence for The Australian. His research interests include religious radicalisation and its relationship to demographic and social pressure, the history of religious terrorism and political violence, and South Asian religion, history and culture.

Chatham House rules will apply to this event and RSVP is essential. Places are limited.