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Dr Bates Gill has a 30-year career as a scholar, policy advisor and author, focusing on Asia-Pacific politics, foreign policy and security, with a particular focus on China and U.S.-China relations.  He has held leadership, research and academic positions with some of the world's leading institutions and universities, including the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Sydney, and the Australian National University. 

He has published eight books and over 150 other publications, including most recently China Matters: Getting it Right for Australia (Black Inc/LaTrobe University Press, 2017)(with Linda Jakobson).  His current research projects include a focus on the modernisation of Chinese strategic forces (nuclear, cyber, space) and how U.S. allies are balancing relations between a rising China and an uncertain America.

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Chair, Board of Directors

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Senior Associate Fellow

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Associate Fellow


Editorial Board member

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Member, International Advisory Board

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Editorial Board member

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Governing Board member

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Editorial Board member

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Trade versus security: how countries balance technology transfers to China

Cheung, T. M. & Gill, B., 2013, In : Journal of East Asian Studies. 13, 3, p. 443-456 14 p.

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  • China as an emergent center of global power

    Gill, B., 2010, Great powers and strategic stability in the 21st century: competing visions of world order. Herd, G. P. (ed.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 137-153 17 p. (Routledge Global Security Studies; no. 16).

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  • Chinese military-related think tanks and research institutions

    Gill, B. & Mulvenon, J., Sep 2002, In : China Quarterly. 171, p. 617-624 8 p.

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  • Determinants and directions for Chinese weapons imports

    Gill, B., 1995, In : Pacific Review. 8, 2, p. 359-382 24 p.

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