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.

Rules Based Audio (Episode 3): In Conversation with Hilary Charlesworth
Podcasts
Rules Based Audio (Episode 3): In Conversation with Hilary Charlesworth
In this episode of Rules Based Audio, Ben Scott talks to Professor Hilary Charlesworth
How to save the Summit for Democracy
How to save the Summit for Democracy
Another platform for meaningless democracy rhetoric would be a step backwards.
Commentary
Why Australia needs a security rebalance
The pandemic has blown up any idea that we can easily spot the future threats to Australia. So how do we prioritise our finite security resources? Originally published in the…
Commentary
AUKUS must walk and chew gum at the same time
Originally published in The Canberra Times.
Rules Based Audio (Episode 2): In Conversation with Shirley Scott
Podcasts
Rules Based Audio (Episode 2): In Conversation with Shirley Scott
In this episode of Rules Based Audio, Ben Scott talks to Professor Shirley Scott, Professor of International Law and International Relations at UNSW, Canberra.
ANZUS and Trumpism
ANZUS and Trumpism
Australia needs to acknowledge its blind spots in its 70-year friendship with America.
Sharpening deterrence
Sharpening deterrence
The language around the who, what and how of Australia’s defence strategy needs an overhaul.
Commentary
This is America’s new foreign policy on show
The abandoning of Afghanistan is all about a shift to diplomacy and deal-making, not firepower and force. Originally published in the Australian Financial Review.
Commentary
How Biden's China doctrine can swing the pendulum back
A shift toward the center is more likely in coming months. Originally published in Nikkei Asia Review.
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