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.

Remembering Timor – a soldier’s view
Remembering Timor – a soldier’s view
Personal connections matter and can have a lasting influence 20 years on.
Raising the stakes in the Gulf’s game of reprisals
Raising the stakes in the Gulf’s game of reprisals
With global energy markets rattled, the tit-for-tat exchanges have reached a new level.
The Middle East air campaign, unmasked
The Middle East air campaign, unmasked
Recent events reveal the evolving confrontation between Israel and Iran.
The reluctant coalition
The reluctant coalition
Australia will back the US and join a maritime force in the Persian Gulf, but with no rush to deploy – which is telling.
Iran: Washington calls on Canberra
Iran: Washington calls on Canberra
Politics more than military necessity will decide if Australia backs Trump’s push for a Persian Gulf security force.
Tanker-for-tanker
Tanker-for-tanker
Iran’s retaliation after an earlier tanker seizure should have been obvious, so why wasn’t Britain better prepared?
Commentary
How best to contain Iran’s provocations
Originally published in The AustralianRodger Shanahan
Commentary
Donald Trump's plan to bomb Iran shows strategy gap
Originally published on ABC Online Rodger Shanahan
The limits of unilateral action against Iran
The limits of unilateral action against Iran
Washington is finding maximum pressure campaigns have limitations and bringing along friends and allies could help.
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