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In 2018, the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum described the security environment of the Pacific region as ‘crowded and complex’. The Pacific is crowded with external players who see a shared interest in the region and are often looking to assert their own agenda. The Pacific is complex because Pacific leaders assert that ‘securing the region’ requires a critical understanding of the interdependence between people, environment, culture and local capability. There is a clear requirement – particularly at the national and regional level – for the political leaders of the Pacific to have access to analysis that can support them as decision-makers amongst the noise and complexity. This capability needs to employed with a clear-eyed view of Pacific national and regional security interests. This micro-credential provides a baseline of skills and understanding of analytic tradecraft for application in the Pacific. The credential will support participants to grapple with the perennial problems of analysis: the complexity of international developments, incomplete and ambiguous information, and cognitive biases. The purpose of the credential is to inform the growth of analytic practice in the Pacific region – providing a shared language and skill base.


  1. The purpose, function and characteristics of strategic analysis in Pacific contexts
  2. The need for strategic analysis in the Pacific islands
  3. Analytic processes – making the hard calls: what matters and why?
  4. Structured Analytic Techniques (SAT) – methods for security analysis
  5. Communication for impact
  6. Small group self-selecting databasing activity – analysis of a Pacific security issue
  7. Editing exercise: enhancing analysis drafting process

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to: 

  1. Demonstrate a baseline understanding of analytic concepts
  2. Demonstrate early capacity to conduct strategic analysis, framed by Pacific interests
  3. Lead and contribute to group analytic techniques

Indicative assessment

Participation in Structured Analytic Techniques activities: 50%; Links to LO: 1, 2 and 3

Final analysis – as part of a group or individual exercise - short verbal presentation on an analytical approach (5-10min) and written piece of analysis on a Pacific security issue (1500 words): 50%; Links to LO 1, 2 and 3

Assumed knowledge 

This Micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent. 

Micro-credential stack information 

 This Micro-credential is currently not part of a stack.


  • Course Code: DPA07

  • Workload: Contact hours: 12 hours, face-to-face or online (eg via Zoom). Individual study and assessment: approx. 50-60 hours.

  • ANU unit value: 3 units

  • Course Code Level: 8000

  • Contact:  ANU Department of Pacific Affairs: dpa@anu.edu.au

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification. 

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