Dr Elizabeth Buchanan is Head of Navy Research at the RAN Sea Power Centre. Elizabeth is a 1st Sea Lord (1SL) Five Eyes Fellow for the Royal Navy. She is a Non-resident Fellow of the Modern War Institute at West Point Military Academy and an Adjunct Fellow of the Griffith Asia Institute. Dr Buchanan was a Lecturer of Strategic Studies with Deakin University at the Australian War College, Canberra.
Dr Buchanan’s areas of expertise are polar geopolitics, energy security and international security orders with a focus on Russian strategy. Dr Buchanan completed her PhD on Russian Arctic strategy under Vladimir Putin in 2018 and holds an Honours degree in Russian-Ukrainian natural gas relations. Dr Buchanan was recently a Visiting Maritime Fellow at NATO’s Defense College where she examined High North security matters.
Elizabeth has published widely on Russia and international security issues with Foreign Affairs, The Lowy Institute, The National Interest, The Australian Institute for International Affairs, The Moscow Times, The Economist, Politico, Policy Forum and The Australian. Dr Buchanan has been a Visiting Scholar with The Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy unit and has commercial experience in the private oil sector.