Professor John Blaxland

Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
International, Political and Strategic Studies
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

John Blaxland is Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies, Director ANU Southeast Asia Institute, and Head at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at ANU. John researches military history, intelligence, security and Asia-Pacific affairs. He is a former Director of Joint Intelligence Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command and served as Australia's Defence Attaché to Thailand and Burma/Myanmar.

John's books include The Secret Cold War: The Official History of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 1975-1989; East Timor Intervention; The Protest Years; and The Australian Army From Whitlam to Howard.

He holds a PhD in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MA in History from ANU, a BA (Hons) from UNSW and is a graduate of the Royal Thai Army Command and Staff College and the Royal Military College, Duntroon (Blamey Scholar).

His specific areas of interest are:

Public policy - intelligence, public policy - security, Australian military history and strategy, defence, international relations, South East Asia (Thailand, Myanmar / Burma, East Timor), North America (Canada), Australian Flag, Afghanistan and Iraq military operations

Americas - North America

Asia (South East)
Asia (South East) - Burma
Asia (South East) - Thailand

International Relations
Politics - International

My news stories

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21 February 2018
Experts from accross the ANU have shed some light on some of the key issues for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's Washington DC...
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2 February 2018
A range of leading experts from across ANU have had their say on the high profile incident of 'top secret' government papers and...
Former US National Security Advisor and Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg
20 June 2017
In this video recorded on the sidelines of the Crawford Australian Leadership Forum, Professor John Blaxland from the ANU...
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14 July 2016
The highly-anticipated ruling in favour of the Philippines by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the South China Sea dispute...