Dr Brendan Taylor is an Associate Professor at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. Specialising in great power strategic relations in the Asia-Pacific, economic sanctions and regional security architecture, he previously served as Head of the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre from 2011.
Dr Taylor holds a PhD and Masters degree from The Australian National University and a BA (Hons) from Waikato University in New Zealand. With a longstanding association at the ANU, Dr Taylor has also held the positions of Interim Director of the Coral Bell School (October 2016 - January 2018) and Head of the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre.
With his current research focusing on flashpoints in Asia, to be published as a book by Black Ink in 2018, Dr Taylor is often sought as an expert on Asia Pacific security, including China and North Korea. Other areas of research interest and expertise include Taiwan and the East China Sea, Asian security architecture such as the Shangri-La Dialogue and East Asia Forum, as well as the US-Australia alliance.
Seeking to produce work both academically credible and accessible to broader audiences, Dr Taylor has featured in leading international journals, including the Washington Quarterly, Survival and International Affairs. He has authored or edited five books, including Australia as an Asia-Pacific Regional Power and Sanctions as Grand Strategy for the Adelphi Series. His book ‘Australia’s American Alliance,’ co-edited with Stephan Frühling and Peter Dean has become required reading at the Australian Department of Defence and the US Pentagon.
Dr Taylor has previously taught courses for the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre and is a regular media commentator.
America’s network of Asian alliances (often also referred to as the ‘San Francisco System’) has defied most theoretical expectations by surviving in the absence of a common external threat long aft
Following the historic events of last week, the situation on the Korean Peninsula could go one of three ways, each with significant implications for Australia.
As one of the chief investigators at an Australia-Korea Foundation policy roundtable, Dr Brendan Taylor explains the risks of conflict in Korea.
In this op-ed for the Australian Financial Review, O’Neil, Taylor and Tow explore Australia’s position in the upcoming summits on the Korean Peninsula.
China is under pressure to deliver a solution to the increasingly dangerous North Korean crisis.
Will Trump slap tariffs on Chinese imports, sparking a trade war between the world’s two largest economies?
With the election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States, the world is now awash in uncertainty.
Academics, military personnel and policymakers will gather at ANU this week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre (SDSC).
The legacies of the Second World War could mean conflict today, write Nick Bisley and Brendan Taylor.
Coral Bell's insight offers lessons for the challenges and dangers of today’s world, writes Brendan Taylor.