Ben Scott

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

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
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.
Decoding intelligence on Afghanistan
Decoding intelligence on Afghanistan
An official inquiry should answer much wider questions about the US mission than only those of the final few weeks.
Defending the liberal international order
Defending the liberal international order
John Ikenberry takes a long view of the success and failures of efforts to make “a world safe for democracy”.
Australia right to back Biden on democracy
Australia right to back Biden on democracy
Foreign policy trade-offs are an uncomfortable truth on the road to rules-based freedom.
Rules-based order: What’s in a name?
Rules-based order: What’s in a name?
The genesis, rise and complex ambitions of one of the most speculated about concepts in global politics right now.
Commentary
Australians need clarity on war or peace
A formal annual threat assessment from the government is better than the shapeless war talk voters are getting at the moment. Originally published in The Australian Financial…
Commentary
Quad’s great leap forward leaves free trade behind
Originally published in The Australian.
The US and the Rules-Based Order: Testing the plan
The US and the Rules-Based Order: Testing the plan
A frank new guidance document shows that in directing his foreign policy, Joe Biden still has to resolve means and ends.
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