Bookings and Upcoming Events

This page shows upcoming Kokoda events. 

Upcoming events

    • 01 Sep 2014
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Blamey Theatre, Australian Defence College, Weston Creek

    Hosted by the following members of the ministerially appointed external Expert Panel; RADM James Goldrick AO CSC RANR, Dr Stephan Frühling and Mr  Rory Medcalf

    Defence White Papers are the Government’s most important guidance and public statements about Australia’s long-term defence policy settings and capability.

    The 2015 Defence White Paper will allow Government to take stock of the long-term opportunities and challenges for Australia’s defence and security. It will align Defence policy with a clear military strategy and deliver a costed, affordable plan to achieve Australia’s defence and national security objectives.

    The 2015 Defence White Paper is being informed by a public consultation process. The Government is seeking the Australian community’s views on the following key questions:
    •    What are the main threats to, and opportunities for, Australia’s security?
    •    Are Defence’s policy settings current and accurate?
    •    What defence capabilities do we need now and in the future?
    •    How can we enhance international engagement on defence and security issues?
    •    What should the relationship be between Defence and defence industry to support Defence’s mission?
    •    How should Defence invest in its people, and how should it continue to enhance its culture?


    Rear Admiral James Goldrick AO CSC RANR was a senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy until he retired from full time service in 2012. He is an author, naval historian and analyst of contemporary naval and maritime affairs. He currently holds the position of Fellow at the Sea Power Centre - Australia. He is a Visiting Fellow of the Lowy Institute, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. 

    Dr Stephan Frühling is Senior Lecturer in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. He is a Managing Editor of the journal Security Challenges and Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project Australian Nuclear Choices, and ARC Discovery Project on Small Allies' Restraint in Extended Nuclear Deterrence. His primary areas of research and publication include Australian strategic and defence policy ballistic missile defence and nuclear weapons, and strategic theory.

    Rory Medcalf
    is Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute. He is concurrently Senior Research Fellow in Indian Strategic Affairs, School of Social Sciences, University of NSW. His professional background spans diplomacy, journalism and intelligence analysis. He has worked as a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments in Canberra. He is founding convenor of the Australia-India Roundtable, the leading informal dialogue between the two countries.


    • 04 Sep 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

    2014 Annual Dinner

    Trilateral Dinner with
    Australia, the United States and Japan

    Advancing US-Japan-Australia Tri-lateral Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific:
    Identifying Obstacles || Finding Solutions

    Key Speakers:
    • The Hon Darren Chester MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence
    • His Excellency Yoshitaka Akimoto, Japanese Ambassador to Australia
    • His Excellency John Berry, US Ambassador to Australia 
    • General Hawk Carlisle, Commander, Pacific Air Forces
    • 31 Dec 2014
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (UTC+11:00)
    • TBA

    The Kokoda Foundation runs a series of invitation-only Executive Business Breakfasts throughout the year.  If you are interested in receiving an invitation, please register your interest here.

    The Kokoda Foundation Executive Business Breakfast series is proudly supported by Accenture and JBS


Past events

07 Aug 2014 Cyber Security:Is Your Business Ready?
25 Jul 2014 FSLP Networking Function following Kokoda Next
25 Jul 2014 Kokoda Next
01 Jul 2014 USI of the ACT White Paper (WP15) series
27 Jun 2014 New Kokoda Paper Launch: Australian Defence Logistics: The Need to Enable and Equip Logistics Transformation
06 Jun 2014 Call for Speakers for Kokoda Next: Your Opportunity to Shake & Shape Australia’s Security Thinking
05 Jun 2014 FSLP and USI of the ACT White Paper (WP15) Panels
30 May 2014 Future Strategic Leaders' Congress
22 May 2014 FSLP Seminar: Lieutenant General George Petkos
30 Apr 2014 New Kokoda Paper Launch: Getting it Right: Integrating the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Enterprise
03 Apr 2014 FSLP and USI of the ACT Seminar: Andrew Balmaks
27 Mar 2014 National Security Careers Night 2014
05 Mar 2014 FSLP Women in National Security (WINS) Initiative
14 Mar 2013 National Security Careers Night 2013
12 Dec 2012 Washington YSLF
26 Nov 2012 Kokoda Foundation Special Seminar
14 Nov 2012 Kokoda Foundation Professional Development Workshop 2012
30 Oct 2012 Kokoda Foundation Special Seminar
23 Oct 2012 Sydney YSLF - Prof Ross Babbage- The Military Rise of China: What Should the US and Australia Do?
18 Oct 2012 Canberra YSLF October Seminar - Mr Jason Mundy
19 Sep 2012 The Kokoda Young Strategic Leaders' Forum and USI of the ACT Present a Special September Seminar - MAJ GEN SOHAIL AHMAD KHAN
30 Aug 2012 YSLF August Networking Event
24 Jul 2012 Canberra YSLF - Challenges and Opportunities for Today’s Intelligence Community Dr Warren Tucker Director New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
21 Jun 2012 Canberra YSLF - Lieutenant General (retired) Agus Widjoyo
19 Apr 2012 Sydney Seminar - Senator The Hon David Feeney
12 Apr 2012 National Security Careers Night 2012
25 Jan 2012 Washington YSLF - AMB Kim Beazley and AMB Richard Armitage
21 Nov 2011 Canberra YSLF - Nick Harvey MP – Minister of State (Minister for the Armed Forces) for the Ministry of Defence
14 Nov 2011 Sydney Seminar - Angel Rabasa, RAND Corporation
03 Nov 2011 Canberra YSLF - The Coming Famine: Risks and Solutions For Global Food Security
08 Sep 2011 Canberra YSLF - National Crisis and Coordination Centre
27 Jul 2011 Canberra YSLF - Dr Tom Mahnken and David Hamon
19 Jul 2011 Sydney Seminar - Professor Michael L'Estrange
30 Jun 2011 Canberra YSLF - ASIO / ASIS: Their Role in the National Security Community
20 May 2011 Young Strategic Leaders' Congress (May)
21 Apr 2011 YSLF April Seminar with Ambassador Jeffrey L. Bleich
24 Mar 2011 YSLF March Networking Event
24 Mar 2011 YSLF March Seminar Australia's Strategic Edge in 2030, Ross Babbage
24 Feb 2011 National Security Coordination in Australia, Duncan Lewis
03 Dec 2010 Young Strategic Leaders' Congress (December)
30 Sep 2010 Collaborative Leadership, Roger Powell
09 Sep 2010 National Security in the 21st century – an address by the Director General of Security, ASIO, David Irvine
26 Aug 2010 Navy: Transition to Force 2030, RADM Davyd Thomas
29 Jul 2010 National Security in the Digital Age, Prakash Mirchandani
24 Jun 2010 Industry's Role in providing National Security
21 May 2010 Young Strategic Leaders' Congress (May)
29 Apr 2010 Law and justice sector reform in the Pacific: How can Australia adapt its assistance to specific local contexts?
25 Mar 2010 National Security Careers Night
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