Professor John Blaxland is a Professor at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at ANU who writes about military history, intelligence and security and Asia-Pacific affairs. He holds a PhD in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, an MA in History from ANU, a BA (Hons) from UNSW and is a graduate of the Royal Thai Army Command and Staff College. He is a former Director Joint Intelligence Operations (J2), at Headquarters Joint Operations Command and was Australia’s Defence Attaché to Thailand and Burma/Myanmar.
His publications include (as editor) East Timor Intervention (MUP, 2015), and as author The Protest Years: The Official History of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 1963-1975, (A&U, 2015).
Earlier publications include The Australian Army From Whitlam to Howard (CUP, 2014). Strategic Cousins (MQUP, 2006), Revisiting Counterinsurgency (LWSC, 2006), Information era Manoeuvre (LWSC, 2002), Signals (RASigs, 1999) and Organising an Army (SDSC, 1989). He also wrote ‘Australia, Indonesia and Southeast Asia’ in Dean, et. al., Australia’s Defence: Towards a New Era? (MUP, 2014).
In 2014 he was awarded a Minerva Research Initiative grant for a project entitled ‘Thailand’s Military, the USA and China: Understanding how the Thai Military Perceives The Great Powers and Implications For the US Rebalance’.
Australia and Canada have been described as “strategic cousins” – two countries with much in common in terms of their foreign policy interests.
Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia featured prominently 75 years ago for Australia when our troops deployed and fought there in the Pacific War.
How could such events be allowed to happen? Why weren’t intelligence agencies in Germany and France able to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators?
Dr John Blaxland takes us through 40 years of Australian spy history, from KGB moles in ASIO to political activism in the 60s to the sophistication of espionage.
Indonesia has asked Australia to caution its Pacific Island neighbours against interfering in the West Papua issue and to urge them to withdraw support for West Papuan membership of the Melanesian
In the third volume of The Official History of ASIO series, historians Dr John Blaxland and Dr Rhys Crawley examine the organisation’s role in the years leading to the end of the Cold War.
An official history of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation has conceded it was penetrated by Soviet agents during the latter half of the Cold War, confirming suspicions held for decad
The King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyade has died overnight raising questions about how the south east Asian nation will react to the loss of its long serving monarch.
Ladies and gentlemen, well may we say ‘ God Save the Queen’, because nothing will save the Governor-general.
The work of College of Asia and the Pacific academics at bringing their research to wider public attention was recognised last Wednesday at the 2015 ANU Medi