Rodger Shanahan

Nonresident Fellow, West Asia Program
Areas of expertise

Middle East security issues; Political Islam; Shi’a Islam

Rodger Shanahan
Biography
Publications
News and media

Dr Rodger Shanahan is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute.

A former army officer, he had extensive service within the Parachute Battalion Group (PBG) and has had operational service with the UN in South Lebanon and Syria, with the PBG in East Timor, in Beirut during the 2006 war, and in Afghanistan. He was the former director of the Army's Land Warfare Studies Centre, and has also been posted to the Australian Embassies in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. Dr Shanahan has MAs in International Relations and Middle East Studies from the ANU, and a PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Sydney.

He is also a part-time member of the Refugee Review Tribunal.  He has written numerous journal, media and policy articles, is a frequent commentator on Middle East issues for Australian and international media, has appeared as an expert witness for several terrorism trials in Australia and is the author of Clans, Parties and Clerics: the Shi’a of Lebanon.

Repatriated IS women should be accountable to the state they left behind
Commentary
Repatriated IS women should be accountable to the state they left behind
Originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald.
A day at the (Beirut) races
A day at the (Beirut) races
Spring carnival it’s not, but even amid chaos, the competitive spirit can find an outlet.
Protests alone not enough to force out Iranian mullahs
Commentary
Protests alone not enough to force out Iranian mullahs
Originally published in the Australian.
The good oil: Israel and Lebanon strike a border deal
The good oil: Israel and Lebanon strike a border deal
In a region where good news is rare, patient diplomacy can celebrate a win.
Islamic State: women, justice, and a complex impasse
Islamic State: women, justice, and a complex impasse
What charges are laid against women returned to Australia will help us better understand the role they played in Syria.
Iran protests: the more things change …
Iran protests: the more things change …
Iranians see demonstrations as a chance to register their voice – but that doesn’t mean the regime is about to topple.
Australia in the Middle East: Enduring risks, interests, and opportunities
Analyses
Australia in the Middle East: Enduring risks, interests, and opportunities
Despite ending its 20-year military operations in the Middle East, Australia’s equities in the region are now more substantial than ever.
The mother of all legal and moral dilemmas
Commentary
The mother of all legal and moral dilemmas
Originally published in The Australian.
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