Dr Bates Gill

Senior Associate Fellow; Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies at Macquarie University, Australia


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 Executive Director of the Center for China Analysis with the Asia Society Policy Institute. He is also an Honorary Professor at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

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. From 2021 to 2022, he was the Asia Society Australia inaugural Scholar in Residence and in 2016 held the Sir Howard Kippenberger Chair in Strategic Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of nine books including ‘China Matters: Getting it Right for Australia’ (Latrobe University Press/Black Inc., 2017), ‘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 most recent book, ‘Daring to Struggle: China's Global Ambitions under Xi Jinping’, was published by Oxford University Press in 2022.

Dr Gill received his Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs with a concentration on East Asia from the University of Virginia, USA.

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