International & Security Affairs Program
The Australia Institute recently introduced its International and Security Affairs Program. This is a tangible recognition of the global connectivity that both underpins and impacts on Australia’s place in the world and the well-being of our citizens. The contemporary global strategic and economic environment is undergoing systemic disruption. This demands new ways of thinking and new policy settings if Australia is to chart a course towards continuing prosperity and security in a stable international community. The Australia Institute is keen to contribute to that work, particularly in the face of the significant threats to humanity arising from climate change, nuclear weapons and, more recently, emergent pandemics.
Allan Behm specialises in political and security risk evaluation, policy analysis and development, and negotiating the policy/politics interface.
Following a career spanning nearly thirty years in the Australian Public Service, he was Chief of Staff to Minister for Climate Change and Industry Greg Combet (2009 to 2013) and senior advisor to the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Penny Wong (2917-19).
He has a significant publishing record in academic and professional journals, and is a respected commentator in both the electronic and print media. His book No, Minister – an insider’s account of the what actually goes on in Parliament House – was published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2015. It was well reviewed and remains a “go to” text for those who are interested in leadership, political management, policy development and reform.
Allan was the inaugural Chair of the Canberra Writers Festival and remains on the Board. He is also on the Board of FearLess Outreach, a not-for-profit organisation to support people living with PTSD, both those with the disorder and their families, and of the Centre for Ethics in National Security.
He has tertiary qualifications in philosophy and Asian studies. He attempts to speak Indonesian and French.
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