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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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John Lee discusses increasing tensions between Australia and the CCP.

John Lee discusses increasing tensions between Australia and the CCP.

Dr. John Lee returns to The Realignment to make the case for decoupling the American and Chinese economies after the COVID-19 crisis.

Dr. John Lee returns to The Realignment to make the case for decoupling the American and Chinese economies after the COVID-19 crisis.

The Realignment

John Lee discusses the global outlook following the coronavirus pandemic.

John Lee discusses the global outlook following the coronavirus pandemic.

Times Now

Michael Doran, Peter Rough, and John Lee explore the geopolitical ramifications of the Coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific.

Michael Doran, Peter Rough, and John Lee explore the geopolitical ramifications of the Coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific.

The Realignment

John Lee discusses the coronavirus outbreak and what it could mean for U.S.-China relations.

John Lee discusses the coronavirus outbreak and what it could mean for U.S.-China relations.

Bloomberg

John Lee discusses identity, inequality, and the consequent rise of nationalism in global politics.

John Lee discusses identity, inequality, and the consequent rise of nationalism in global politics.

Raisina 2020

In an interview with ABC, John Lee discusses whether the West has been naïve about China.

In an interview with ABC, John Lee discusses whether the West has been naïve about China.

ABC

'China Isn't a Great Long-Term Economic Planner', CNBC, October 26, 2015

'China Isn't a Great Long-Term Economic Planner', CNBC, October 26, 2015

What Will London Get Out of a Relationship With China? Bloomberg, October 21, 2015

What Will London Get Out of a Relationship With China? Bloomberg, October 21, 2015

How Will Asia React to Japan's New Foreign Policy? CNBC, April 28, 2015

How Will Asia React to Japan's New Foreign Policy? CNBC, April 28, 2015

Why China Will Not Become the Dominant Power in Asia, ANU Channel, March 26, 2015

Why China Will Not Become the Dominant Power in Asia, ANU Channel, March 26, 2015

Why Russia Remains India's BFF, CNBC, December 10, 2014

Why Russia Remains India's BFF, CNBC, December 10, 2014

Here's Why China Isn't the Major Power in Asia, CNBC, November 18, 2014

Here's Why China Isn't the Major Power in Asia, CNBC, November 18, 2014

Xi Meets Abe With Awkward Handshake at APEC, Bloomberg, November 11, 2014

Xi Meets Abe With Awkward Handshake at APEC, Bloomberg, November 11, 2014

HK Authorities Continue to Play Waiting Game: Pro, CNBC, October 21, 2014

HK Authorities Continue to Play Waiting Game: Pro, CNBC, October 21, 2014

Politics at the Heart of Everything in China: Lee, Bloomberg Business Week, August 8, 2014

Politics at the Heart of Everything in China: Lee, Bloomberg Business Week, August 8, 2014

John Lee discussing geopolitical tensions in Asia, CNBC, June 2, 2014

John Lee discussing geopolitical tensions in Asia, CNBC, June 2, 2014