Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Levi West

 Levi West

Profile

Lecturer, Terrorism and National Security

Course Coordinator, Master of Terrorism and Security Studies 

Levi is currently a PhD student at the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies at the Australian National University where he is completing doctoral research into the impact of technology on insurgency, via a case study analysis of Al-Qaeda, the Sinaloa Cartel, and Anonymous. Levi has an extensive background in national security focused academia, with a focus on non-State violence and terrorism. Levi has lectured, studied and worked in Australia and overseas. Levi has lectured at the National Security College at the ANU; as part of ANU Military Studies program at the Australian Command and Staff College at the Australian Defence College; at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation in Indonesia; and is a Visiting Fellow in Terrorism and Counter Terrorism at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad, India in 2013. Levi has travelled and worked in Israel, having been a 2011 Australia Israel Jewish Affairs Council Rambam Israel Fellow. In this capacity, Levi was part of a parliamentary delegation that travelled extensively in Israel and Palestine. Levi previously worked as a researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington D.C. where he undertook research on the impact of non-state actors on traditional conceptualisations of deterrence, especially in relation to the US Missile Defence program. This was part of a yearlong exchange program wherein Levi lived and worked in the United States. Levi has lectured on a number of different topics to a range of government and non-government audiences both in Australia and overseas, including law enforcement, intelligence, military and business audience. Levi recently contributed, along with Dr. Adam Henschke, a Research Fellow at the national Security College at ANU, and Mr. S. Brandt Ford of the AGSPS, to Cybersecurity: Mapping the Ethical Terrain, published by the National Security College at the Australian National University. The paper is available here: http://nsc.anu.edu.au/documents/ocassional-paper-6-cyber-ethics.pdf

Research Interests

  • Terrorism and insurgency
  • Diversity and evolution of violent non-State actors
  • Use of technology by non-State actors
  • Transnational crime and illicit finance
  • State responses to non-State violence
  • Cyber security, particularly as it pertains to non-state actors

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Qualifications

Levi holds the following qualifications:

  • Graduate Certificate in National Security Policy (ANU)
  • Masters of Policing, Intelligence, and Counter Terrorism (MQ)
  • Masters of International Security Studies (MQ)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Politics & International Relations/Justice Studies) (SCU)

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Publications

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