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.

Trump’s unpredictability confounds his allies, and now his enemies
Trump’s unpredictability confounds his allies, and now his enemies
The hit on Qasem Soleimani has fundamentally changed the rules of the game between the US and Iran.
Middle East protests: Careful what you wish for
Middle East protests: Careful what you wish for
For all the good intentions and international support, a local patronage system is the true lodestone on the region.
Terrorism: The recidivist risk
Terrorism: The recidivist risk
The London Bridge attack again shows the challenge of what to do with terrorists who have served their sentences.
Commentary
When is mental illness an excuse for terrorism?
Originally published in The Australian.Rodger Shanahan
Typology of Terror — The Backgrounds of Australian Jihadis
Reports
Typology of Terror — The Backgrounds of Australian Jihadis
In order to better understand what motivates Australian radical islamists to join or support a terrorist group it is first necessary to get a better understanding of who they are…
Commentary
Trump hands Syria an easy win
The Kurds will have to make their peace with Bashar al-Assad. Western governments will worry about ISIS fighters becoming bargaining chips. Originally published in the Australian…
Dispatches from the front (row)
Dispatches from the front (row)
Japan – through its team and wonderful crowds – put on a rugby festival worthy of the name.
The women of ISIS and the fog of law
The women of ISIS and the fog of law
The case of an Australian stripped of her citizenship illustrates the complexity of handling the fallout of extremism.
US shift on Syria puts Canberra in a bind
US shift on Syria puts Canberra in a bind
Trump’s announcement may or may not be followed through, but it has serious implications for Australia either way.
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