Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies,
Director of the ANU Southeast Asia Institute
Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at ANU
Member of the ANU Academic Board
Member of the Australian Army Journal editorial board.
John holds a PhD in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MA in History from ANU and a BA (Hons 1) from UNSW. He is a graduate of the Royal Thai Army Command & Staff College (dux, foreign students) and the Royal Military College, Duntroon (Blamey Scholar). He was Australia’s Defence Attaché to Thailand and Myanmar. He also has extensive experience in the Australian intelligence community. His publications concern intelligence and security (including as a lead author of the history of ASIO), Australian military history and strategy, defence studies, military operations; international relations, notably on South-east Asia, North America, (Canada/United States) and Australia’s Flag. He is an occasional commentator in the media.