Dr Ahlawat has more than 15 years experience in conducting research on topics related to strategic and security perspectives. He has published three books and around 20 research papers in journals based on his research. In addition, he has taught courses at postgraduate and undergraduate levels, both in Australia and overseas, focused on International Relations, Border Security, Migration, Globalisation and Security. Dr Ahlawat has broad experience working with government agencies and academic institutions. He has worked as an Honorary Associate with Macquarie University, as a Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales, and as Center Associate at the University of Pittsburgh, United States (1994–95). Dr Ahlawat has also worked in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and International Organization for Migration.