Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme and US and the Americas Programme (based in Australia)
Bates Gill

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Bates Gill is Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies at Macquarie University.

Prior to this, he was a professor with the Strategic and Defence Studies at the Australian National University (2015-2018), CEO of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (2012-2015), and director of the the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (2007-2012).

He previously led major research programmes at public policy think-tanks in Washington DC (Brookings Institution and Center for Strategic and International Studies) and in Monterey, California (Monterey Institute of International Studies).

He has also served as a consultant to US companies, foundations, and government agencies, especially with regards to their policies in Asia.

He received his PhD in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, and, in addition to his experience in the US, has lived and worked for lengthy periods in France, Switzerland, Sweden, and China.

Areas of expertise

  • US foreign and security policy
  • US policy in the Asia-Pacific region
  • US-China relations
  • US alliances and security partnerships in Asia

Past experience

2017 - presentProfessor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies, Department of Security Studies, Macquarie University
2015-18Professor of Asia-Pacific Strategic Studies, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australia National University
2012-15 Chief Executive Officer, United States Studies Centre, Sydney, Australia
2007-12Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
2002-07Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC
1998-2002Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and Founding Director, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.