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.

Five questions about the Christchurch attack
Five questions about the Christchurch attack
There may not be a direct causal link between the attack and conservative political rhetoric. It is too early to tell.
Commentary
Captured Islamic State fighters pose dilemma for Western countries
Originally published in The AustralianRodger Shanahan
Behind every mujahid there is a mujahidi
Behind every mujahid there is a mujahidi
In Syria or Australia, childbearing or weapons-wielding, everyone’s contribution to violent jihad can be different.
Inflated counts of civilian casualties collateral of modern war
Inflated counts of civilian casualties collateral of modern war
Complex modern conflict makes identifying the cause of the war dead impossible. This seems to have eluded some lobbies.
Commentary
The supreme challenge facing Iran
Originally published in The AustralianRodger Shanahan
Syria: emerging consequences of the US withdrawal
Syria: emerging consequences of the US withdrawal
Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria has actors scrambling to make sense of the ramifications.
What happens next? Trump’s sudden Syria exit
What happens next? Trump’s sudden Syria exit
Exactly what “moving on” means will become apparent in the months ahead but such a rapid exit has obvious ramifications.
Commentary
Curious: Canberra mirrors Moscow on Jerusalem
Originally published in Sydney Morning HeraldRodger Shanahan
 Veterans fight back against the marketing enemy at the gates
Veterans fight back against the marketing enemy at the gates
Veterans respond to the call for the public to thank them for their service.
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