Dr Rodger Shanahan is a Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy and a part-time member of the Refugee Review Tribunal.
A former army officer, he had extensive service within the Parachute Battalion Group (PBG) and has had operational service with the United Nations in South Lebanon and Syria, with the PBG in East Timor, served in Beirut during the 2006 war and in Afghanistan. He has also been posted to the Australian Embassies in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. He has written numerous journal, media and policy articles, has appeared as an expert witness in several Australian terrorism trials, and is a frequent commentator on Middle East issues for Australian and international media. He is the author of Clans, Parties and Clerics: The Shi’a of Lebanon, and has MAs in International Relations and Middle East Studies from the Australian National University and a PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Sydney.