Research Themes


The ethics of war/military ethics (including when recourse to war is justified, what constitutes just conduct in war, pacifism, conscientious objection, and ethical questions surrounding private military and security companies, nuclear weapons, new technologies of war and intelligence collection)

The context and conduct of armed conflict...


Military History

The Centre builds on the long-standing reputation of UNSW Canberra for expertise in military history.  By means of annual seminars, symposia and conferences, ACSACS will showcase its researchers’ work in a number of areas:

  • operational histories of Australian units in the Great War of 1914-18;
  • studies of the social...


The experience of armed conflict in the early modern period (1600-1815) was depicted through a number of media, most importantly literature. The Centre is seeking to understand conceptions of media and mediation in the conduct of warfare in the pre-information age by revisiting the military revolution of the early modern world. Arguably more of...


Civilian Leadership in Defence

Much has been made in recent years about the need for a ‘whole of government’ approach to the provision of national defence and regional stability. In contrast to the period before 1975, civilian leadership in both its political and administrative forms was not the subject of close study nor seen as a factor that impinged directly on the...


Moral Injury

This project seeks to provide a conceptual framework for understanding moral injury based on consensus across disciplines and professional groups that those returning from recent overseas operations have been affected morally by their experiences.

The term ‘moral injury’ was used by some American researchers who were of the view that...