Dr Bates Gill

Visiting Professor

Expertise: US domestic politics; US foreign policy, particularly in Asia; US security, defence and nonproliferation policy, particularly in Asia; US philanthropy

Dr Bates Gill is a Visiting Professor at the US Studies Centre and Professor of Asia-Pacific Strategic Studies with the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Coral Bell School of Asia and Pacific Affairs, Australia National University.

From 2012 to 2015 he was CEO of the Centre and from 2007 to 2012 served as the Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

He previously led major research programs at public policy think tanks in Washington, DC (Brookings Institution and Center for Strategic and International Studies) and in Monterey, California (Monterey Institute of International Studies).

In 2013 he received the Royal Order of the Commander of the Polar Star, the highest award bestowed upon foreigners by the Swedish monarch, for his contributions to Swedish interests. He has also served as a consultant to US companies, foundations, and government agencies, especially with regard to their policies in Asia.

Among his professional affiliations, Dr Gill serves on the boards of China Matters (Sydney) and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore) and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Shanghai Institute of International Studies. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York) and the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London), and is an Associate Fellow with the Americas Program of Chatham House (London).

He received his PhD in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and was inducted to the The Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars in 2007. In addition to his experience in the USA, has lived and worked for lengthy periods in France, Switzerland, Sweden and China.