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.

The relativity of the death penalty
The relativity of the death penalty
Where is the outrage over the capital punishment sentence for ISIS fighter and Australian citizen Ahmed Merhi?
The clock is ticking on tensions with Iran
The clock is ticking on tensions with Iran
The US hasn’t got much to show a year after pulling out of the nuclear deal, but Iran’s patience is also running out.
Commentary
Great disrupter’s Mid-East missteps
Originally published in The Australian. Rodger Shanahan
Commentary
Why do jihadis do what they do?
Mainstream Muslim clerics can best challenge the violent fringe of their religion and defeat toxic ideas. Originally published in the Australian Financial Review. Rodger Shanahan
Sri Lanka attacks: Still many puzzles to solve
Sri Lanka attacks: Still many puzzles to solve
If NTJ is responsible for this complex, multi-target suicide attack, it probably got external help.
ISIS: the generational problem
ISIS: the generational problem
For all the concern about the children of foreign jihadis, thousands of ISIS detainees in Iraq pose a bigger danger.
The cost of terror: two tales of country life
The cost of terror: two tales of country life
The small town of Loxton in South Australia has seen bravery and betrayal, a microcosm of a globalised Islamist threat.
Near death on the River Nile
Near death on the River Nile
A marathon journey dodging traffic jams and distracted taxi drivers, all to get a feel for the Middle East.
Who bears responsibility for the children of ISIS?
Who bears responsibility for the children of ISIS?
There are 70 Australian minors affiliated with ISIS in Syria. Yet there is no policy or direction on repatriation.
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