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Brendan Thomas-Noone

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.


Articles by Brendan Thomas-Noone (191)

  • Weekend Catch-up: Brexit, defence and Australia's election, Manus, Lowy Poll and more

      Well, today's been a shocker. In what will be my last Weekend Catch-up for The Interpreter, the news that the UK has voted to leave the EU has been demoralising. I can't help but think that a liberal project, perhaps the most significant since the UN was established after World War Two, has been torn apart. Already calls from other nationalist forces across Europe have been strengthened.
  • Google, 'machine learning' and the future of coding

    If you are not already, it's worth following the work of Steven Levy, a long-time technology journalist that has been covering Silicon Valley and the American technology sector for over 20 years (his work and criticism of Apple are particularly noteworthy). He now writes for Medium on its Backchannel site and recently published a long-form piece on Google and its attempts to integrate 'machine learning' throughout all aspects of the company.
  • Weekend catch-up: Orlando, Modi in the US, Brexit, Chinese manufacturing, PNG students and more

    Last weekend, the worst mass shooting in American history occurred in Orlando Florida at an LGBT nightclub, killing at least 50 people and injuring a further 53. The act, committed by Omar Mateen, sparked debates on terrorism, gun control, mental illness and homophobia, rippling into the US presidential election. Mateen had previously been investigated by the FBI as a potential terrorist suspect, but his case was eventually closed.
  • Weekend catch-up: Shooting in PNG, Shangri-La, Trump, Julie Bishop's record and more

    This week, The Interpreter covered a lot of ground, with the Shangri-La Dialogue concluding in Singapore, the Trump campaign seemingly reaching a turning point in the US and Brexit nearing. However one event deserves more attention. On Wednesday, after several weeks of protests at the University of Papua New Guinea, police shot and wounded at least 17 students after they attempted to march on PNG's parliament.
  • How the world sees Australia's election (part 2)

    A couple weeks have passed since my last update on how overseas media is covering the Australian election. No real big surprises so far, but bellow are some excellent reflections on how the election relates to Brexit, the US election, China's economic rise and analysis of some battleground seats. New York Times columnist Roger Cohen visited Australia last week, and wrote several pieces comparing the ongoing federal election here to the one in the US.
  • As Shangri-La summit looms, Ash Carter shifts focus to China's cyber strategy

    Before heading to this weekend's Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter addressed recent graduates of the US Naval Academy in Maryland. It's clear that he was there to talk about one thing: China and the rules-based liberal international order. Carter made a couple of similarly intentioned speeches before last year's Dialogue. Saying the tough words before an important summit is generally smart diplomacy.
  • Weekend catch-up: Corruption in Afghanistan, political power in Malaysia, new president in Taiwan, Brexit and more

    The Interpreter covered a lot this week — Brexit, India's space program, the 'Google' tax, international policing — but Saleem Javed's article on corruption in Afghanistan stood out for me. It is worth going back to the original article and to watch the video of the fairly remarkable scene between President Ashraf Ghani's security detail and some protestors at RUSI in London. Javed quotes some of the protesters below:  'You are a liar. You lied to people of Afghanistan.
  • Weekend catch-up: Saudi Arabia, Greens foreign policy, India's policy in the Pacific, Hollywood in China and more

    As the Australian federal election steam rolls onward, The Interpreter covered some other issues this week, including a very good and insightful breakdown by John Edwards of Saudi Arabia's plan to economically reinvent itself:   Though he is yet to reveal the details of the plan, Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has excited world attention with his Vision 2030 announcement for the oil-exporting giant. It is important for Saudi, and important for the rest of us.