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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.

Video Event | China-India Border Clash: What’s Behind China’s Belligerence?

Video Event | China-India Border Clash: What’s Behind China’s Belligerence?

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

U.S.-China Rivalry: Southeast Asia’s Tough Choice

U.S.-China Rivalry: Southeast Asia’s Tough Choice November 19 event

Australia’s Strategic Policy in the Era of Trump and Xi Jinping

Australia’s Strategic Policy in the Era of Trump and Xi Jinping April 27 event

Winning Asia: Why is the United States Struggling? November 20th Event

Will Taiwan Be Secure in the Emerging Asian Order?

China’s Rise: Regional Responses and Lessons for Washington