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International Relations and Security Studies

The International Relations and Security Studies research theme explores the key characteristics of the international system, the nation state, balance of power and domestic influences on foreign policy.


Maritime security, strategic and defence policy, military modernisation and contemporary terrorism are just some of the research topics investigated within this theme. Curtin has particular expertise in Russian and Eurasian studies in international relations and security, as well as closer to home in the Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Current research projects

There are many research projects underway within this theme. Some examples include:

  • Russian naval power in the Pacific
  • Russian defence modernisation in the Far East
  • Russia’s strategic and defence policy in the Asia-Pacific
  • maritime terrorism
  • the ‘Blue Economy’
  • human and environmental security in the Indian Ocean Region.

Though only a selection of projects has been listed here, Curtin is interested to discuss any research topic relating to international relations and national security.