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.

Islamic State’s new battleground – the courts
Islamic State’s new battleground – the courts
Two crucial cases at opposite ends of the earth will determine a government’s right to revoke citizenship of terrorists.
The Hariri verdict and the fate of Hezbollah
The Hariri verdict and the fate of Hezbollah
The ruling on the 2005 assassination of the Lebanese PM will be a lasting stain on the party, but not its end.
The essence of timing in politics
The essence of timing in politics
The UAE earned goodwill for a deal with Israel, but the US is still struggling to win backers for its hard line on Iran.
It’s always about the oil in the Middle East
It’s always about the oil in the Middle East
Confused by regional dynamics? Look to the constants.
Turkey: Not a team player
Turkey: Not a team player
A nationalist bent at home and provocations abroad have frayed ties with Europe, and maybe soon the US, too.
Cashing in the chips at the Trump casino
Cashing in the chips at the Trump casino
The prospect of a Biden administration has pro-US leaders in the Middle East seeking to keep their political “winnings”.
Syria: Thumbs down
Syria: Thumbs down
New sanctions under the so-called Caesar Act might target the regime in Damascus, but the burden will be felt by locals.
Need To Know: Brett McGurk on America’s strategy to defeat ISIS
Need To Know: Brett McGurk on America’s strategy to defeat ISIS
In a new interview series, the former US special envoy discusses conflict in Syria and maximalist foreign policy goals.
A Yazidi genocide trial commences – a Hezbollah ban contemplated
A Yazidi genocide trial commences – a Hezbollah ban contemplated
Two recent developments in Germany have implications for Australia’s security interests in the Middle East.
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