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 and Head of the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University.  He is also the inaugural Asia Society Australia Scholar-in-Residence for 2020-2021.

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 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 next book, on China's foreign policy under Xi Jinping, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2022.

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

External publication

Exploring post-INF arms control in the Asia-Pacific: China’s role in the challenges ahead

With the demise of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 2019, much attention has focused on the Asia-Pacific as the locus for a new missile-fuelled arms competition, especially between the United States and China.

China in Context Podcast

Episode 46: Dramatic changes in the relationship between China and Australia, Broadcast date: 4 January, 2022 -SOAS, University of London

In this podcast Dr Bates Gill, Chair, China Policy Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney takes stock of the situation as Australia prepares to hold a federal election. The podcast is hosted by Duncan Bartlett, Editor of Asian Affairs magazine.

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