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-US-Israel: Boxing out of the shadows
Iran-US-Israel: Boxing out of the shadows
Gradual progress in talks to revive the nuclear deal may be dealt a blow by a series of “grey-zone” attacks.
An oil spill nobody owns
An oil spill nobody owns
A clandestine operation? Environmental terrorism? Israel and Iran both deny responsibility for a mysterious event.
Terrorism and New Zealand’s dual citizenship conundrum
Terrorism and New Zealand’s dual citizenship conundrum
This is an age in which dual nationality is widespread, and problems related to alleged ISIS members were foreseeable.
Syrian stasis
Syrian stasis
Washington isn’t likely to pay much attention to the Syria conflict – and nothing much will change.
Iran nuclear deal: Revenge of the diplomats
Iran nuclear deal: Revenge of the diplomats
Re-negotiations with Tehran will be a fascinating guide to how a Biden administration deals with Middle East challenges.
The Afghan inquiry and the question of responsibility
The Afghan inquiry and the question of responsibility
Agitating for a big scalp only distracts from reflecting on what the Brereton report actually uncovered.
The other Arab diplomatic talks with Israel
The other Arab diplomatic talks with Israel
Lebanon wants to settle its maritime borders to exploit rich oil and gas fields. Nothing more.
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