Professor Desmond Ball AO in the 1980s.

Professor Desmond Ball AO in the 1980s.

Q&A: Professor Desmond Ball AO and Dr Andrew Carr

The ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) is Australia's oldest, largest and highest ranking academic institute for strategic studies research, education and commentary.

For close to 50 years, the Centre has helped Australians understand the complexity of Asia's strategic environment, Australia's place in it and the utility and application of armed force in international affairs.

It provides a 'real world' focus on strategic studies and its staff and students have influenced policy across the world.

This year, it was also named Australia's best university think tank.

ANU Reporter spoke to PROFESSOR DESMOND BALL AO and Associate Lecturer DR ANDREW CARR about SDSC's rich history and what the future may hold.