Bates Gill

Professor Bates Gill

Professor of Asia-Pacific Strategic Studies
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Building: Hedley Bull Building
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Biographical statement

From 2012 to 2015 Dr. Gill was the Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Prior to this, he was Director and chief executive of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an independent think tank consistently recognized as one of the world’s top ten research institutes in international affairs.

Before joining SIPRI, Dr. Gill held the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C from 2002 to 2007. He previously served as a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and inaugural Director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution from 1998 to 2002. He has also directed East Asia programs at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute, Monterey, California, and held the Fei Yiming Professorship in Comparative Politics at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Chinese and American Studies, Nanjing, China. He has taught graduate level courses at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Key publications

Dr. Gill has a long record of research and publication on international and regional security issues, particularly regarding arms control, non-proliferation, peacekeeping and military-technical development, especially with regard to China and Asia. This work has resulted in more than 140 publications, including books, monographs, chapters, journal articles, essays, magazine columns and opinion pieces, and research-related travel to more than 50 countries.

He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of seven books, including, Governing the Bomb: Civilian Control and Democratic Accountability of Nuclear Weapons (Oxford University Press, 2010), Asia’s New Multilateralism (Columbia University Press, 2009), Rising Star: China’s New Security Diplomacy (Brookings, 2007; revised edition 2010; republished in Japanese 2014), China: The Balance Sheet: What the World Needs to Know Now About the Emerging Superpower (Public Affairs, 2006), Chinese Arms Acquisitions from Abroad (Oxford, 1994), Arms Trade Transparency in Southeast Asia (Oxford, 1996), and Chinese Arms Transfers (Praeger, 1991). His next book, forthcoming in 2017 is currently titled China: Getting it Right for Australia. As Director of SIPRI, he was the publisher of the SIPRI Yearbook, and oversaw the publication of five editions of this essential annual reference work.

Additional information

Among his professional affiliations, Dr. Gill is a Director of China Matters, a Sydney-based strategic advisory and public policy initiative. He also serves on the board of the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore) and is a member of the International Board of Advisors for the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies. He is on the Editorial Board of the China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, and Security Challenges, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has consulted for corporations and government agencies, and has lectured widely and provided U.S. Congressional and other parliamentary testimony related to Asian and global affairs.

Dr. Gill received his Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, USA. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was inducted in to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars in 2007. He is also holds 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 lived more than two years in China and Taiwan, and ten years in Europe (France, Sweden, Switzerland). A citizen of the United States, Dr. Gill speaks, reads, and writes in Chinese, English, and French, and has learned basic Swedish.

Bates Gill and Linda Jakobson on why Australia must reshape links with China. Source: The Australian

Australia must reshape links with China

The week’s events aside, Australia and China have never had such a promising relationship as today.

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Trump's picks: Drain what Swamp?

Dr Bates Gill is interviewed on CNBC to discuss President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet decisions. Dr Gill says that Trump is unable to represent the common man.

The Pivot, Past And Future

In November 2009, on his first visit to Asia as president, Barack Obama declared in Japan: “There must be no doubt.

Businessman Trump or bureaucrat Hillary- Who does Asia prefer?

US foreign policy goals in the five years since the “pivot to Asia” was introduced have been mired by China’s irritation at the US’ assertive stancein the South China Sea, the stalled Trans P

Trump or Clinton: How will the US Election affect Australia?

Tim Shaw speaks to Bates Gill, Professor of Asia-Pacific Strategic Studies at the ANU, about this week’s US election and the implications for Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in North Carolina

Election proves US is the home of the crazy and brave

Key among potential economic effects for Australia under either president Trump or Clinton is the stalled Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement, designed to turbocharge $22.1 billion in Austral

Duterte's China visit: President aims to strike balance between investment and settling territorial dispute

President Rodrigo Duterte’s state tour to China, his first outside of Southeast Asia, is a stern test for the leader’s strongman image as he attempts to navigate a hot-button territoria

Natalie and Michael: US Election Update

Professor Bates Gill talks through Donald Trump’s imploding campaign

What will undecided voters make of Tapegate?

Bates Gill talks about how tapes containing vulgar comments from Donald Trump will impact his campaign and the GOP.

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