R1 Theaterette Russell Offices, Canberra
Nick Kaldas served for almost 35 years as a NSW Police officer in Sydney, & held two of the most senior roles in Police Force executive, serving as Deputy Commissioner and prior to that, Assistant Commissioner. His policing career has primarily been in major crime investigations & operations, including counter-terrorism, protection operations, armed robbery, major drug investigations, covert operations, emergency management, community policing and over a decade in homicide investigations. He was a member of the Australian National Counter-Terrorism Committee for 8 years. Internationally, Nick led the United Nations investigations into the assassination of the Lebanese P.M. Hariri and 21 related murders, & the 2016 UN/OPCW investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria. He served as the Deputy Chief Police Adviser with Coalition Forces in Iraq, rebuilding the Iraqi Police. He was recently appointed a Commissioner on the Board of the Commission for International Justice and Accountability, the E.U. and internationally funded body gathering evidence of the atrocities committed during the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
About the speaker: Nick Kaldas has spent a considerable amount of time in Syria, the Gaza strip and other trouble spots in the Middle East in the past 3 years, working on the ground for the United Nations. His observations will reflect on a brief history of the definitive moments in the region, the evolving nature of terrorism and the conflicts currently troubling the region, as well as what these events mean for us.