Wednesday 17 Oct 2018 | 20:47 | SYDNEY
Wednesday 17 Oct 2018 | 20:47 | SYDNEY


Rodger Shanahan

Dr Rodger Shanahan is a Research 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.

Articles by Rodger Shanahan (227)

  • 15 Oct 2018 13:30
    If Saudi complicity in the death of Jamal Khashoggi is shown, Canberra must make a stand to express disgust.
  • 08 Oct 2018 14:00
    The bizarre disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi could complicate Saudi relations with the West.
  • 04 Oct 2018 11:30
    American troops went to support locals to defeat ISIS, but staying until Iranian forces withdraw is a different goal.
  • 26 Sep 2018 08:25
    The sight of the EU and Iran jointly announcing a plan to blunt a signature US initiative must infuriate Washington.
  • 20 Sep 2018 12:00
    Another plane destroyed shows despite a three-year intervention, Russian commanders don’t always know what they should. 
  • 10 Sep 2018 12:30
    Turkey seems to be in the weakest position in negotiations with Russia and Iran as the pressure on Idlib builds.
  • 30 Aug 2018 09:30
    Manning is not a whistleblower. She is someone convicted of espionage who was given a long prison sentence.
  • 22 Aug 2018 10:00
    Given that all signs point to Bashar al-Assad staying in power, who pays for reconstruction becomes a thorny question.