Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Bates Gill

Professor 

Research interests

  • Chinese foreign policy and politics
  • Chinese strategic, defence, and security policy
  • Asia-Pacific security
  • US-China relations
  • US role in the Asia-Pacific

Biography

Dr Bates Gill has a 30-year international career as an educator, scholar, and policy advisor. An academically-trained and internationally-respected China specialist, he has led a global top-ten think tank and held academic and research positions at world-leading universities and public policy research institutions in the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific.

Before joining the Security Studies Department at Macquarie University, Dr Gill held positions at the Australian National University and the University of Sydney (2012-2017).  He was Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)(2007-2012) and held the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C (2002-2007). He also served as a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and inaugural Director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution (1998-2002).

Among his international honours, Dr Gill holds the Royal Order of the Commander of the Polar Star, the highest award bestowed upon foreigners by the Swedish monarch. In 2015, he was named a top-ten American China expert by the Chinese Foreign Affairs University. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was inducted in to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars in 2007.

Dr Gill's work has resulted in more than 200 publications and research-related travel to more than 50 countries.  He has consulted for corporations, government agencies, and philanthropic organisations, and has lectured widely and provided U.S. Congressional and other parliamentary testimony related to Asian and global affairs.

Dr Gill is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Associate Fellow with the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, London), serves on the board of the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore), on the International Council of Advisors for the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and is a Senior Associate with Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu. He is on the Editorial Board of China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, and Security Challenges. In 2016, he was appointed as the Sir Howard Kippenberger Chair in Strategic Studies at Victoria University, in Wellington, New Zealand, a visiting professorship he held in August and September that year.

Dr Gill received his Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia. He has lived three years in China and Taiwan, ten years in Europe (France, Sweden, Switzerland), and five years in Australia. Dr Gill speaks, reads, and writes in Chinese, English, and French, and has learned basic Swedish.

Selected Publications 

Books

  • China Matters: Getting it Right for Australia, with Linda Jakobson (Melbourne: Black Inc/LaTrobe, 2017)
  • Kyo Ryu: Chugoku No Shin Gaiko Senryaku [Giant Dragon: China's New Foreign Relations Strategy](Japanese translation of Rising Star: China's New Security Diplomacy)(Tokyo: Kashiwashobo, 2014)
  • Governing the Bomb: Civilian Control and Democratic Accountability of Nuclear Weapons, co-edited with Hans Born and Heiner Hänggi (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • Asia's New Multilateralism: Cooperation, Conflict, and the Search for Community, co-edited with Michael J. Green (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009)
  • Rising Star: China's New Security Diplomacy (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2007; revised edition, 2010)
  • China: The Balance Sheet: What the World Needs to Know Now about the Emerging Superpower, co-authored with C. Fred Bergsten, Nicholas Lardy, and Derek Mitchell (New York: PublicAffairs, 2006)
  • Weathering the Storm: Taiwan, Its Neighbors and the Asian Financial Crisis, co-edited with Peter Chow (Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2000)
  • Arms, Transparency and Security in Southeast Asia, co-edited with J. N. Mak (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997)
  • China's Arms Acquisitions from Abroad: A Quest for 'Superb and Secret Weapons', co-authored with Taeho Kim (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995)
  • Chinese Arms Transfers in the 1990s: Purposes, Patterns, and Prospects in the New World Order (New York: Praeger, 1992)

Report monographs

  • Pivotal Days:  US Asia-Pacific Alliances in the Early Months of the Trump Administration (London: Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), forthcoming in June 2017
  • The Dynamics of US-China-Southeast Asia Relations, with Evelyn Goh and Chinhao Huang (Sydney: United States Studies Centre, June 2016)
  • Alliances Under Austerity: What Does America Want? (Canberra: Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, September 2013)
  • China's North Korea Policy: Interests, Influences, and Implications, USIP Special Report (Washington: United States Institute of Peace, July 2011)
  • China and Nuclear Arms Control: Current Positions and Future Policies, SIPRI Insights on Peace and Security, no. 2010/4 (Stockholm: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, 2010)
  • China's Expanding Role in Peacekeeping: Prospects and Policy Implications, SIPRI Research Report no. 25, co-authored with Chinhao Huang (Stockholm: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, 2009)
  • Strategic Views on Asian Regionalism, co-authored with Michael J. Green, Kiyoto Tsuji, and William Watts (Washington: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2009)
  • China's Civil Society Organizations: What Future in the Health Sector?, co-authored with J. Stephen Morrison and Xiaoqing Lu (Washington: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2007
  • China's Expanding Role in Africa: Implications for the United States, co-authored with Chin-hao Huang and J. Stephen Morrison (Washington: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2007)
  • Assessing HIV/AIDS Initiatives in China: Persistent Challenges and Promising Ways Forward (Washington: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2006)
  • Defusing China's Time Bomb: Sustaining the Momentum of China's HIV/AIDS Response, co-edited with J. Stephen Morrison and Andrew Thompson (Washington: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2004)
  • China's New Journey to the West: A Study on China's Emergence in Central Asia and Its Implications for U.S. Interests, co-authored with Matthew Oresman (Washington, D.C.: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2003)
  • Averting a Full-Blown HIV/AIDS Epidemic in China: A Report of the CSIS HIV/AIDS Delegation to China, co-edited with J. Stephen Morrison (Washington: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2003)

Book chapters

  • Challenges to US Leadership-Abroad and at Home-Portend Greater Uncertainty for the Asia-Pacific", in Ron Huisken, ed., Regional Security Outlook 2017 (Canberra: Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, 2017)
  • "Admiration, ambivalence, antipathy: the past and future for US-China relations", in David S. Goodman, ed., The Handbook of the Politics of China (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2015)
  • "The U.S.-Australia Alliance: A Deepening Partnership in Emerging Asia", in Ashley Tellis, et al., eds, U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power (Seattle: National Bureau of Asian Research, 2014)
  • "Untapped Trilateralism: Common Economic and Security Interests of the European Union, the United States, and China", with Andrew Small, in Kerry Brown, ed., China and the EU in Context: Insights for Business and Investors (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
  • "The People's Republic of China", with Chin-Hao Huang, in Alex J. Bellamy and Paul D. Williams, eds, Providing Peacekeepers: The Politics, Challenges, and Future of United Nations Peacekeeping Contributions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • "China's Changing Approach to Nonproliferation: Positive Steps, But Continuing Concerns", in Nathan Busch and Daniel H. Joyner, eds, Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Future of International Non-Proliferation Policy (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007)
  • "China's Evolving Regional Security Strategy", in David Shambaugh, ed., Power Shift: China and Asia's New Dynamics (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005)
  • "China as a Regional Military Power", in Barry Buzan and Rosemary Foote, eds., Does China Matter? (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)
  • "The Challenge of Proliferation in Strategic Asia", in Richard Ellings and Aaron Friedberg, eds., Strategic Asia 2003- 2004 (Seattle: National Bureau of Asian Research, 2003)
  • "The Chinese Second Artillery Corps: Transition to Credible Deterrence", with James Mulvenon and Mark Stokes, in James C. Mulvenon and Andrew N. D. Yang, eds, The People's Liberation Army as Organization (Santa Monica: RAND, 2002)
  • "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Dynamics of Chinese Nonproliferation and Arms Control Decisionmaking in an Era of Reform", in David M. Lampton, ed., The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform (Stanford University Press, 2001)

Journal articles

  • "China's Future under Xi Jinping: Challenges Ahead", Political Science (Victoria, 2017)
  • "The United States in Asia 2016", Asian Survey (Berkeley: January/February 2017)
  • "The Pivot, Past and Future" [on U.S. strategy toward the Asia-Pacific], The Diplomat (December 2016)
  • "The United States in Asia 2015", Asian Survey (Berkeley: January/February 2016)
  • "America's Place in the Pacific Century Secured?", with Tom Switzer, The National Interest (Washington: June 2015)
  • "U.S.-Australia: The New Special Relationship", with Tom Switzer, Foreign Affairs (New York: February 2015)
  • "Trade Versus Security: How Countries Balance Technology Transfers with China", with Taiming Cheung, Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 13 (Boulder: 2013)
  •  "Diffuse Threats, Frail Institutions: Managing Security in the New Era", Current History (Philadelphia: November 2010)
  • "Las relaciones entre China y Africa: implicaciones para Europa", with Chin-Hao Huang, Vanguardia Dossier (Barcelona: March 2008
  • "China and HIV - A Window of Opportunity", with Susan Okie, New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 356 (Boston: 2007)
  • "China's Space Odyssey", Foreign Affairs (New York: May/June 2007)
  • "The Tenuous Hold of 'China, Inc.' in Africa", with James Reilly, Washington Quarterly (Washington: Spring 2007)
  • "Sources and Limits of Chinese 'Soft Power'", with Yanzhong Huang, Survival (London: Summer 2006)
  • "China's HIV/AIDS Crisis", with Jennifer Chang and Sarah Palmer, Foreign Affairs (New York: March/April 2002)
  • "Discussion of 'China: a responsible great power", Journal of Contemporary China (London: Spring 2001)
  • "Sovereignty, Intervention and Peacekeeping: View from Beijing", with James Reilly, Survival (London: Fall 2000)
  • "Foreign and Domestic Influences on China's Arms Control and Nonproliferation Policies", with Evan S. Medeiros, China Quarterly (London: March 2000)
  • "China's Military, Take 3", with Michael O'Hanlon, National Interest (Washington: Winter 1999/2000)
  • "Limited Engagement", Foreign Affairs (New York: July-August 1999)
  • "China's Hollow Military", with Michael O'Hanlon, National Interest (Washington: Summer 1999)
  • "Breaking the Sino-US Nonproliferation Stalemate", with Matthew Stephenson, Arms Control Today (Washington: September 1996)
  • "Current and Future Challenges for Chinese Defense Industries", with John Frankenstein, China Quarterly (London: June 1996)

Opinion Pieces, Essays, Reviews, and Regular Columns

  • "Review of By More than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1793 by Michael J. Green", The Interpreter, May 23, 2017
  • "Reshaping Australia's relationship with China", with Linda Jakobson, East Asia Forum, April 13, 2017
  • "Donald Trump's big Syria disruption was a much-needed diversion for summit with no substance", Sydney Morning Herald, April 10, 2017
  • "Australia must reshape links with China", with Linda Jakobson, The Australian, April 5, 2017
  • "The soft side of Chinese power", with Linda Jakobson, The Monthly, March 28, 2017
  • "Can Trump Keep His Balance in Asia?" RealClear World, November 17, 2016; reprinted in Pacific Forum CSIS PacNet Newsletter, December 7, 2016
  • "Australian businesses need to help shape our China strategy", with Andrew Parker, Australian Financial Review, August 10, 2016
  • "Xi Jinping's strongman instincts are not in Australian interests", Sydney Morning Herald, April 14, 2016
  • "Balance the key in China defence alliance", The Australian, March 2, 2016
  • "U.S. ties extend beyond defence", with Robert Hill, The Australian, October 1, 2014
  • "The Pivot's Progress Down Under", with Tom Switzer, Wall Street Journal Asia, August 19, 2014
  • "Indo-Pacific rise will strengthen bonds with US", The Australian, May 10-11, 2014
  • "Do Not Write Off Obama's Asian Pivot," with Tom Switzer, Wall Street Journal Asia, February 12, 2014
  • "Obama, Xi unplugged", Canberra Times, June 8, 2013
  • "China: it's time to get some perspective, with Kerry Brown, ABC The Drum Online, May 24, 2013
  • "Continental Drift", Foreign Policy, November 28, 2012
  • "Election result gives hope for change that goes beyond the rhetoric", The Australian, November 10, 2012
  • "Votes are few in the foreign arena", The Australian, October 25, 2012
  • "Deterrent Effect", Foreign Policy, October 5, 2012
  • "Il faut un commerce des armes plus responsible", with Pieter Wezeman, Le Monde, April 20, 2011
  • "Strategic Views on Asian Regionalism: Survey Results and Analysis", with Michael Green, Kiyoto Tsuji, William Watts, PacNet Newsletter, February 17, 2009
  • "Sino-American relations need actions not words", with Michael Green, Financial Times, April 23, 2006
  • "Diverging Paths hurt U.S. and Europe", with Robin Niblett, International Herald Tribune, September 6, 2005
  • "Bush Was Correct But Clumsy on Taiwan, Financial Times, December 12, 2003
  • "China: Richer, but Not Healthier", Far Eastern Economic Review, May 1, 2003
  • "Why China's Health Matters to the World", South China Morning Post, April 16, 2003
  • "China Will Pay Dearly for the SARS Debacle", International Herald Tribune, April 22, 2003
  • "A Romance Worth Entering" [on China's proposed security dialogue with NATO], International Herald Tribune, November 22, 2002
  • "The Chinese Regime's Heir Apparent", New York Times, April 29, 2002
  •  "China's Nuclear Agenda,", with James Mulvenon, New York Times, September 7, 2001
  •  "Powell in Beijing: Modest Progress Will Be Better Than None", International Herald Tribune, July 27, 2001
  • "The Coming AIDS Crisis in China", New York Times, July 16, 2001
  •  "China Policy, Without Regrets", New York Times, April 11, 2001
  • "China's Weakness is What Makes it So Dangerous", Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2001
  • "Flare-up With China", Washington Post, April 3, 2001

Projects and Grants (partial list, 2000 to present)

  • Research grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for study on Chinese nuclear weapons modernisation, 2017-2018.
  • Program support grant from the Consulate General of Japan (Sydney) for the Research Network on America's Role in the Asia-Pacific at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (USSC), 2015.
  • Institutional support grant from the Australian Department of Defence in support of the Alliance 21 Program at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (USSC), 2015.
  • Institutional support grant from Boral for the Alliance 21 Program at the USSC, 2015.
  • Institutional support grant from Northrop Grumman for the Alliance 21 Program at the USSC, 2015.
  • Institutional grant from News Corp for the Alliance 21 Program at the USSC, 2015.
  • Program support grant from Sky Foundation for the USSC-World Press Institute Media Fellow program, 2014-2015.
  • Research support grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for project on Emerging U.S. Security Partnerships in Southeast Asia, 2014-2016
  • Program grant from Michael and Deborah Thawley for the USSC-Indiana University Creative Arts Fellowship, 2014.
  • Program grant from the Turnbull Foundation for study and intern abroad scholarships at the USSC, 2012-2015.
  • Program grant from David Anstice for study and intern abroad scholarships at the USSC, 2012-2015.
  • Program support from Fleur and Leonard Harlan for study and intern abroad scholarships at the USSC, 2012-2015.
  • Institutional support grant from the government of New South Wales for research projects at the USSC, 2012-2015.
  • Program support grant from the Korea Foundation to support the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Korean visiting fellows program, 2012.
  • Program support grant from the Swedish Central Bank Tercentary Foundation (Riksbankens Jubeliumsfond) to support the SIPRI Military Expenditure Program, 2011.
  • Research grant from the Swedish STINT Foundation for the SIPRI Arctic Security Project, 2011-2013.
  • Program support grant from the Swedish Central Bank Tercentary Foundation (Riksbankens Jubeliumsfond) for Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) China and Global Security Program, 2010-2012.
  • Program support grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the SIPRI China and Global Security Program, 2009-2012.
  • Program support grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for the SIPRI China and Global Security Program, 2009-2011.
  • Research grant from the United States Institute of Peace for SIPRI project on Chinese peacekeeping, 2009-2011.
  • Research support grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for the SIPRI China and Global Security Program, 2008-2013.
  • Research support grant from the George Soros Open Society Institute for the SIPRI External Security Actors in Africa Project, 2008-2011.
  • Research support grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation to support the Freeman Chair in China Studies project on EU-China relations and implications for the United States, 2007.
  • Research grant from United Airlines for Freeman Chair in China Studies project on U.S.-China relations, 2006.
  • Program grant from Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for research and conference on Taiwan's democratization, 2006.
  • Institutional and research grant from ACE Ltd. for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) China: The Balance Sheet Project, 2005-2008.
  • Institutional and research grant from AIG for the CSIS China: The Balance Sheet Project, 2005-2008.
  • Institutional and research grant from Boeing for the CSIS China: The Balance Sheet Project, 2005-2008.
  • Institutional and research grant from Caterpillar for the CSIS China: The Balance Sheet Project, 2005-2008.
  • Institutional and research grant from Citigroup for the CSIS China: The Balance Sheet Project, 2005-2008.
  • Institutional and research grant from General Electric for the CSIS China: The Balance Sheet Project, 2005-2008.
  • Institutional and research grant from General Motors for the CSIS China: The Balance Sheet Project, 2005-2008.
  • Institutional and research grant from Microsoft for the CSIS China: The Balance Sheet Project, 2005-2008.
  • Institutional and research grant from Pfizer for the CSIS China: The Balance Sheet Project, 2005-2008.Institutional and research grant from Proctor & Gamble for the CSIS China: The Balance Sheet Project, 2005-2008.
  • Institutional and research grant from Tyco for the CSIS China: The Balance Sheet Project, 2005-2008.
  • Grant from Merck Foundation to support research on China's HIV/AIDS epidemic, 2005-2007.
  • Grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support research on China's HIV/AIDS epidemic, 2004-2007.
  • Program grant from U.S. Department of State for research and dialogue on U.S.-China nuclear relations, 2002-2003.
  • Research grant from United States Institute of Peace to support book project on U.S.-China relations, 2001-2002.
  • Research grant from Smith Richardson Foundation to support book project on U.S.-China relations, 2000-2002.

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Prof Bates Gill

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