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.

COVIDcast Episode 9: Covid‑19 and the oil price collapse
COVIDcast Episode 9: Covid‑19 and the oil price collapse
The latest episode in a podcast to discuss the implications of coronavirus for Australia, the region, and the world.
COVIDcast Episode 9: COVID-19 and the oil price collapse
Podcasts
COVIDcast Episode 9: COVID-19 and the oil price collapse
In COVIDcast Episode 9, Roland Rajah, Director, International Economy Program, sits down with Rachel Ziemba, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and…
The high price of cheap oil for Saudi Arabia
The high price of cheap oil for Saudi Arabia
Having picked this fight and dragged in Washington, the Saudi Crown prince now also has a big stake in the US election.
Commentary
Washington could win hearts and minds in Iran
Originally published in The Australian.
Iran: Sanctions vs sympathy
Iran: Sanctions vs sympathy
The US policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran will look increasingly untenable as the coronavirus pandemic escalates.
Syria: The battlefield rules
Syria: The battlefield rules
Every action prompts a reaction, as a success for Assad forces an angry response from Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey.
Typology of Terror Interactive
Interactives
Typology of Terror Interactive
This project documents the characteristics of Australians’ contribution to global jihad in the Islamic State era. The dataset represents the largest open-source examination of…
Middle East Peace Plan: A once in a lifetime deal, not in a good way
Middle East Peace Plan: A once in a lifetime deal, not in a good way
A distinctly pro-Israel bias to the whole enterprise seems to confirm a Palestinian view of a plan as “dead on arrival”.
In Tehran, a tragic error threatens political wreckage
In Tehran, a tragic error threatens political wreckage
As questions around the Flight 752 disaster persist, Iranian politicians seek cover.
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