Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme
Bates Gill
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+61 481 033 530 (based in Sydney)


Bates Gill is professor of Asia-Pacific Strategic Studies at Australia National University and a board director of China Matters, a Sydney-based strategic advisory and public policy initiative. He was CEO of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney from 2012 to 2015 and director of the the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute from 2007 to 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.


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


2015 -Professor 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.


  • French, Chinese (not broadcast standard)
  • Governing the Bomb: Civilian Control and Democratic Accountability of Nuclear Weapons co-edited with Hans Born and Heiner Hänggi, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010
  • Asia's New Multilateralism: Cooperation, Conflict, and the Search for Community co.edited with Michael J. Green, New York: Columbia University Press, 2009
  • Rising Star: China's New Security Diplomacy Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2007; revised edition 2010
  • China: The Balance Sheet: What the World Needs to Know Now about the Emerging Superpower co-authored with C. Fred Bergsten, Nicholas Lardy, and Derek Mitchell, New York: PublicAffairs, 2006