Brendan Thomas-Noone is a Research Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. His interests include international security, nuclear deterrence in the Indo-Pacific and the politics of cyberspace.
Brendan was formerly a Research Associate in the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute where he worked on nuclear deterrence and policy in Asia, maritime security affairs and Australian defence policy. He was also an editor and contributing writer for The Interpreter.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne where he focused on US foreign policy and modern history. Brendan has also received a Master of Science in Global Politics from the London School of Economic and Political Science where his dissertation explored the theoretical interactions between the internet and state sovereignty in China.
Brendan has also interned with the Atlantic Council in Washington DC and with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
During the Doklam crisis, New Dehli apparently tried to send a signal to Beijing with its nuclear missile submarine.
Last year saw a surge in testing and deployment of both ballistic and cruise missile technology throughout the Indo-Pacific.
Can middle powers like Australia and Canada maintain their societal liberalism in a global order no longer supported by the US? We might soon find out.