Ben Scott

Director, Australia’s Security and the Rules-Based Order Project
Ben Scott
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Ben has over twenty years’ experience in diplomacy, intelligence and international development. He joined the Lowy Institute from the Office of National Intelligence, where he was a Senior Middle East Analyst before representing ONI at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC from 2016-2020.

In Israel and the Palestinian territories, Ben was the Rule of Law Adviser to Quartet Representative Tony Blair, Australian Representative to the Palestinian Authority and Third Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv. 

Ben was a Diplomatic Fellow at the Lowy Institute in 2005 and wrote the LIP, Re-imagining PNG: Culture, Democracy and Australia’s Role. He served as a Bougainville peace monitor for six months in 1998.

Ali Wyne on great power competition, the United States and China
Podcasts
Ali Wyne on great power competition, the United States and China
What does great power competition mean, and where did the concept come from? In this episode of Rules Based Audio, Ben Scott speaks to author and analyst Ali…
Jerusalem, the rules-based order and deal-making
Jerusalem, the rules-based order and deal-making
Australia's interests – near and far – are best served by consistent support for an effective multilateral system.
Competing and cooperating: the paradox in US strategy
Competing and cooperating: the paradox in US strategy
The new National Security Strategy at least acknowledges the shape of the problem even if not yet providing an answer.
Should democracies ever lie?
Should democracies ever lie?
Is bending the truth sometimes necessary and justified in situations short of war?
What is Australia’s plan B for China?
Commentary
What is Australia’s plan B for China?
The US may not win, and China may not be easily appeased either. We need more eggs in more baskets. Originally published in the Australian Financial Review.
Frontier Rules: Emerging tech and challenges to the rules-based order
Interactives
Frontier Rules: Emerging tech and challenges to the rules-based order
Intensifying geopolitical competition is combining with emerging technologies to create new frontiers for statecraft and present new challenges to the rules-based order. How…
A strategy for uncertain times
A strategy for uncertain times
Is a case-by-case approach good enough for Australia to respond to the great and developing regional challenges?
Commentary
How do we keep an eye on our spies?
Our intelligence services have never been more important to us, and democratic governance is part of their strength. But do we need to look at this again? Originally published in…
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