Improving our understanding of armed conflict and its impact on society is the focus of a new research centre launched at UNSW Canberra.

"The Centre provides a significant new opportunity to understand and improve the effectiveness of military interventions and is particularly timely given the transition phase about to begin in Afghanistan," said Professor Jeffrey Grey, Director of the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society.

The Centre was launched today by Mr Stephen Loosley, Chairman, Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

"It will be a valuable national asset and will greatly improve our understanding of armed conflict and its impact on our society," Mr Loosley said.

The Centre promotes academic scholarship in military history, applied ethics, security and strategic studies, international law, fragile states, peacekeeping and nation building.

"ACSACS will add to the national capability and consolidates a longstanding tradition of excellence at UNSW in understanding the complex issues surrounding armed conflict and military engagement," said Professor Michael Frater, Rector of UNSW Canberra located at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Read the full announcement at the UNSW Canberra newsroom.

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