Dr Bates Gill

Senior Associate Fellow


Dr Bates Gill has a 30-year global career as an institution-builder, policy advisor, consultant, board director and scholar, with a particular focus on Asian and Chinese affairs.

He is Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies at Macquarie University. Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (2012-2015) and Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) (2007-2012).

Before joining SIPRI, Dr Gill held the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2002-2007). He also 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).

Among his international honours, Dr Gill holds the Royal Order of the Commander of the Polar Star (post-nominal: KNO), the highest award bestowed upon foreigners by the Swedish monarch, for his contributions to Swedish interests.  Dr Gill is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the board of the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore), and is a member of the International Council of Advisors for the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies.

He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of eight 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), and Rising Star: China’s New Security Diplomacy (Brookings, 2007; revised edition 2010; republished in Japanese 2014).  His latest book, co-authored with Linda Jakobson, is China Matters: Getting it Right for Australia (Latrobe University Press/Black Inc., 2017).

Dr Gill received his Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, USA.

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