Ben Scott

Director, Australia’s Security and the Rules-Based Order Project
Ben Scott
Biography
Publications
News and media

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.

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…
Address by the US National Cyber Director on cyber cooperation
Speeches
Address by the US National Cyber Director on cyber cooperation
US National Cyber Director Chris Inglis addressed the Lowy Institute on the role of cyber in US strategy and the outlook for international cyber cooperation to…
Australian cyber: What’s “Redspice” for?
Australian cyber: What’s “Redspice” for?
Canberra should explain why Australia needs a larger offensive cyber capability and how it will be used.
Rules Based Audio: Ukraine and the future of the rules based order
Podcasts
Rules Based Audio: Ukraine and the future of the rules based order
In this episode of Rules Based Audio, Ben Scott discusses the war in Ukraine and international law with Professor Fleur Johns and Dr Eve Massingham.
RealClear Defense
31 August 2022
Australian Financial Review
16 November 2021
Australian Financial Review
16 October 2021
ABC RN Counterpoint
02 March 2021
ABC RN Counterpoint
09 December 2020
ABC Radio National
01 October 2020
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