Professor Bates Gill

PhD in Foreign Affairs (University of Virginia)
Professor of Asia-Pacific Strategic Studies, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Research interests

-- Chinese politics, security poiicy and international relations

-- Asia-Pacific security

-- US-China relations

-- US role in the Asia-Pacific


From 2012 to 2015 Dr. Gill was Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He was previously Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an independent think tank recognized as one of the world’s top ten research institutes in international affairs. In August and September 2016 he held the Kippenberger Chair in Strategic Studies at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Before joining SIPRI, Dr. Gill held the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C (2002-2007) and previously served as a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and inaugural Director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution (1998-2002). He also held the Fei Yiming Professorship at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Chinese and American Studies, Nanjing, China. 

Among his more than 160 publications, he is author, co-author, or co-editor of seven books, including: Governing the Bomb: Civilian Control and Democratic Accountability of Nuclear Weapons (Oxford University Press, 2010); Asia’s New Multilateralism (Columbia University Press, 2009); Rising Star: China’s New Security Diplomacy (Brookings, 2007; revised edition 2010; republished in Japanese 2014); and China: The Balance Sheet (Public Affairs, 2006). His next book, forthcoming in 2017, is currently titled China: Getting it Right for Australia.

Dr. Gill is a Director of China Matters, a Sydney-based public policy initiative.  He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore) and is a member of the International Board of Advisors for the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies.  He is on the Editorial Board of China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, and Security Challenges.

Dr. Gill received his Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia. In 2013, he received the Royal Order of the Commander of the Polar Star, the highest award bestowed on foreigners by the Swedish monarch.

Researcher's projects

-- Establishing new program of research, publications, and training on Chinese strategic and defence policy.

-- Completing book currently titled China: Getting it Right for Australia with Linda Jakobson, with the support of China Matters, forthcoming in 2017.

-- Completed program entitled, Emerging US Security Partnerships in Southeast Asia, supported by the MacArthur Foundation East Asian Security Initiative, 2014-2016; final report issued in June 2016.

-- Co-Director of Alliance 21 Program, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, supported by Australian Commonwealth Government and 8 corporate sponsors, 2012-2014; focused challenges and opportunities in US-Australia relations for trade and investment, energy security, sustainability and the environment, defence, and in the emerging Asia-Pacific region.

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