Seminar: The Sino-American Information Wars: Implications for Australia


Professor Greg Austin, Australia’s leading specialist on cyber policy in China and a researcher on Chinese strategic policy for more than 30 years, will make a presentation on the subject of “The Sino-American Information Wars: Implications for Australia”.

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This seminar analyses the intensifying conflict between China and the United States in global information spaces, and how both countries are executing this conflict in Australia. The seminar will also address the priorities, methods and decision-making for political intervention by these two countries in Australia.The discussion should help policy makers, journalists and scholars critically evaluate the character and scale of foreign political "interference" in this country and suggest a more measured approach in proposed legislation to curtail such activities. The seminar will suggest that the recent book by Professor Clive Hamilton, Silent Invasion: How China Is Turning Australia into a Puppet State, overlooks important historical and contemporary realities of collaboration and competition in relations between China and the Western alliance.

Professor Austin is the Australian lead, with UK-based Dr Sam Beatson, in an international research project on China’s political influence in developed countries. The project has involved more than twenty leading scholars from Australia and overseas in two workshops (with research papers) in UNSW Canberra and King’s College London in 2017. Austin is a Professor in the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the University of New South Wales Canberra. He concurrently serves as a Professorial Fellow with the EastWest Institute, headquartered in New York. He has held a number of university appointments, all in world class universities or departments in the UK and Australia. He has held research leadership posts in leading NGOs or think tanks and has served in posts in Australian security policy as Ministerial adviser, parliamentary committee secretary, international intelligence liaison officer and intelligence analyst. He has published six books on Asian security affairs (five are on China, one on Russia), each with a strong interdisciplinary focus; and an additional edited volume on global energy security. His current research interests include cyber strategy and diplomacy, security policies of China and Russia, countering violent extremism, and national security ethics. Dr Austin devised and teaches into Australia’s first and only Master’s degree in cyber war and peace, a degree with few peers in the world.