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John Lee

Senior Fellow

John Lee is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. He is also a senior fellow (non-resident) at the United States Studies Centre and adjunct professor at the University of Sydney.

From 2016 to 2018, he was senior national security adviser to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. In this role, he served as the principal adviser on Asia and for economic, strategic, and political affairs in the Indo-Pacific region.

Dr. Lee was also appointed the Foreign Minister’s lead adviser on the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, the first comprehensive foreign affairs blueprint for Australia since 2003 and written to guide Australia’s external engagement for the next ten years and beyond.

He has held adjunct professorships at the Australian National University and University of Sydney. He is one of the foremost experts on the Chinese political economy and on strategic and economic affairs pertaining to the Indo-Pacific.

Dr. Lee’s articles have been published in leading policy and academic journals in the United States, Asia, and Australia.

He received his master’s and doctorate in international relations from the University of Oxford and his bachelor of laws and arts degrees (first class, philosophy) from the University of New South Wales.

He is based in Sydney, Australia.

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Strategies for the Indo-Pacific: Perceptions of the U.S. and Like-Minded Countries

Strategies for the Indo-Pacific: Perceptions of the U.S. and Like-Minded Countries

Securing the Peace in Oceania and the Pacific Islands

Securing the Peace in Oceania and the Pacific Islands

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Media Coverage

John Lee was quoted in South China Morning Post about growing tension between the U.S. and China as the coronavirus continues to spread.

John Lee’s comments on a Hudson Institute panel about China’s economy and the Belt and Road initiative were quoted in Broadband Breakfast

John Lee’s recent Wall Street Journal column about China’s relative economic weakness was mentioned in Townhall

John Lee was mentioned in The Australian about Trump’s political victory in his trade deal with China.

John Lee’s new report was mentioned in POLITICO

John Lee was mentioned in VOA about the connection between ongoing Hong Kong violence and the U.S.-China economic dispute.

John Lee is quoted in South China Morning Post on how Trump’s willingness to challenge the status quo can raise the U.S. standing in Asia.

John Lee is quoted in the Australia Financial Review on how Australia should respond to the U.S.-China trade talks

John Lee cited by AFP on the INF Treaty and its implications regarding US-China relations

John Lee quoted by The Washington Examiner on the Chinese Communist Party

John Lee quoted in Australian Financial Review on Senator Marco Rubio’s China comments

John Lee quoted in The Australian on why Australia should not help Chinese law enforcement with its ­fugitives

John Lee quoted in ABC News (Australia) on China’s stock market

John Lee’s article on China’s middle class cited in Epoch Times

John Lee’s article on China’s industrial future analyzed in Business Spectator

John Lee quoted in Sydney Morning Harold on economic mobility in China

John Lee and Charles Horner quoted in Taipei Times on territorial disputes in the East and South China seas