David Connery


Dr David Connery joined ASPI as the Senior Analyst for the Strategic Policing and Law Enforcement Program in August 2013. David comes to us from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he worked on counter-terrorism and international strategic policy. His career experience includes appointments as a Deputy Director of the National Security College at the Australian National University; Director Strategic Analysis in the Department of Defence; and appointments in the Office of National Assessments and Army Headquarters. He is also Deputy Head of the Australian Army History Unit, where his most recent book, Conducting Counterinsurgency: Reconstruction Task Force 4 in Afghanistan, was published in 2011.  David’s PhD from the Australian National University examined crisis policymaking in Australia, and his work involved a comprehensive analysis of the 1999 East Timor crisis. 

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30 Nov 2016


This special report examines how government, business and the community in four nations share information about organised crime. Its key finding is that the Australian Government, businesses and community as a whole must be open to new kinds of information sharing partnerships....


7 Jul 2016

Criminal intelligence (CrimInt) is so useful in serious criminal investigations that it’s difficult to envisage a situation where it shouldn’t be sought and used if it’s available.

This special report argues that Australia’s current arrangements for gathering and disseminating CrimInt overseas are suboptimal....


7 Jun 2016


The defence of Australia's interests is a core business of federal governments. Regardless of who wins the election on July 2, the incoming government will have to grapple with a wide range of security issues. This report provides a range of perspectives...


20 Aug 2015


This report analyses serious, transnational and organised crime and the harms it causes to Australia’s interest, with the aim of reinvigorating a discussion of this critical matter amongst Australians.

This web impacts on our national interests to the sum of an...

Technical report

30 Jun 2015

This paper examines the scope and nature of terrorism motivated by violent Islamist extremism in Australia through a comprehensive database, assesses the policy responses by the government to date, and offers recommendations.


In September 2014 the terrorism threat level was raised...

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