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.

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.
Lebanon: Celebrating small change
Lebanon: Celebrating small change
An independent streak featured in national elections but how much it matters will only become clear in hindsight.
The Gulf’s diversification dilemma
The Gulf’s diversification dilemma
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine puts Saudi Arabia and the UAE in an awkward spot in relations with the United States.
Commentary
Syria jail assault shows ISIS still has a pulse
Originally published in the Weekend Australian.
Foreign fighters: The question of justice
Foreign fighters: The question of justice
For Western citizens who joined Islamic State, where they face their day in court can determine the likely penalty.
Iran’s energy diplomacy
Iran’s energy diplomacy
Tehran knows its hand when it comes to playing the energy card across the region.
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