National security | Australia, Asia, The World

28 July 2022

In this episode of the National Security Podcast, we bring you the sixth instalment of the Women in National Security mini-series, produced in collaboration with Accenture.

In this episode of the National Security Podcast, hosts Gai Brodtmann, National Security College Futures Council member, and Meg Tapia, Principal Director for Defence and National Security at Accenture, are joined by Dr Elise Stephenson, ANU National Security College Fellow and Research Fellow at the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership. Drawing on recent data, Elise discusses the barriers for women entering and progressing within the national security domain, and outlines the systemic issues that stand in the way of gender equality. Listen here: https://bit.ly/3BmJwvb

Dr Elise Stephenson is an ANU National Security College Fellow and Research Fellow at the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership. Elise seeks to find critical junctures across industries and portfolios – all for the sake of research, practice or policy interventions that can help to ensure equality (gender, sexuality, cultural, etc.) in various aspects of international affairs.

Gai Brodtmann is a member of the ANU National Security College (NSC)’s Futures Council having previously served as a diplomat, defence consultant, Member of Parliament, Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Defence and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence.

Meg Tapia has 16 years of experience in national security and foreign policy. She served as a diplomat in Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, and Vanuatu. Currently, Meg is Principal Director for Defence and National Security at Accenture.

We’re giving away several free tickets to the WiNS Live event, taking place on the 10 November in Canberra! If you’re a woman who is new to — or interested in joining — the national security community, enter now: https://forms.office.com/r/U0fashVrLE

All episodes of the Women in National Security mini-series are available here.

Show notes | The following were mentioned during this episode:

Elise Stephenson, The Face of the Nation: Women Leading International Affairs, Oxford University Press (forthcoming)

Clare Burton, Redefining merit, Australian Government Publishing Service (1988)

Michelle Ryan et al, Contextualizing the Impostor “Syndrome”, Frontiers in Psychology (2020)

Valerie M Hudson and Patricia Leidl, The Hillary Doctrine, Columbia University Press (2017)

Erin A Cech, The intersectional privilege of white able-bodied heterosexual men in STEM, Science Advances (2022)

Zareh Ghazarian and Katrina Lee-Koo, Gender Politics: Navigating Political Leadership in Australia, NewSouth Publishing (2021)

Owen Ozier, Policy Research Talk: Gendered Language, World Bank (2018)

We’d love to hear from you! Send in your questions, comments, and suggestions to NatSecPod@anu.edu.au. You can tweet us @NSC_ANU and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future episodes. The National Security Podcast is available on AcastApple PodcastsSpotify, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

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