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.

Commentary
We can’t combat China’s ‘grey zone’ war while polarised
Originally published in The Australian.
Commentary
Australia needs America to follow global rules too
Australia's troubles with China won't end until its US ally starts more actively supporting a rules-based world order itself. Originally published in the Australian Financial…
Can Trumpism live without Trump?
Can Trumpism live without Trump?
Might a more competent Republican leader turn this movement into a far more powerful force? Or will the bloc splinter?
But what does “rules-based order” mean?
But what does “rules-based order” mean?
For Australia to shape the future order, it will have to get more specific about what it wants.
Australia's Security and the Rules-Based Order: Tracking a Decade of Policy Evolution
Interactives
Australia's Security and the Rules-Based Order: Tracking a Decade of Policy Evolution
In this feature, we identify ten recurring propositions about the rules-based order and show it's evolution through national debate and government policy. Explore how the rules…
Smart China choices
Smart China choices
Australia’s relationship with China is unavoidably asymmetric. That shouldn’t stop Australia finding a competitive edge.
China and the Rules‑Based Order
Interactives
China and the Rules‑Based Order
Seven experts debate China’s approach to the rules‑based international order
Hidden seams in the UAE-Israel deal
Hidden seams in the UAE-Israel deal
It’s all about Iran, right? Actually, the agreement has more to do with managing the US and China.
Book review: “The false promise of liberal order”
Book review: “The false promise of liberal order”
A contrarian view on a cherished historical narrative and the necessity of “dark bargains with illiberal forces”.
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