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’s energy diplomacy
Iran’s energy diplomacy
Tehran knows its hand when it comes to playing the energy card across the region.
Commentary
New man in Tehran aims for supreme power
Originally published in The Australian.
Afghanistan: the right time to leave
Afghanistan: the right time to leave
There was no “low cost” solution for the United States other than endless conflict.
Bringing home Australian children trapped in Syrian camps
Bringing home Australian children trapped in Syrian camps
Faced with thorny legal and security obstacles for the adults, it may be better to return children alone.
Afghanistan, Australia and the visa conundrum
Afghanistan, Australia and the visa conundrum
What responsibility does the government have for those on the periphery of the Australian campaign in Afghanistan?
Narrowing the field in Iran’s election
Narrowing the field in Iran’s election
For one name on the ballot papers, the presidency may be a stepping stone to greater office.
The challenge to the Abraham Accords
The challenge to the Abraham Accords
A reckoning over the Palestinian issue was always coming for those countries that normalised ties with Israel.
Royal rifts: Implications of Jordan’s family feud
Royal rifts: Implications of Jordan’s family feud
A supposed coup, a would-be king and restless youth. Trouble is brewing in the Hashemite kingdom.
Commentary
Call us soldiers, sailors or aviators, but never warriors
Originally published in The Australian.
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