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Dr Greg Austin

Dr Greg Austin

  • Visiting

Senior Visiting Research Fellow

Research subject areas

  • Conflict and security

Contact details


Areas of Interest

  • China security policy, including cyber security
  • Asia Pacific Security
  • International Security, especially interventions in weak states
  • International economic security, especially the nexus of water/food/energy security


Greg Austin is a Professorial Fellow at the EastWest Institute in New York, where he served for more than five years as the Vice-President responsible for global security issues. He is the author or co-author of several well reviewed books on Chinese and Russian strategic policies, including attention to the domestic political and institutional drivers of economic development and military strategy. As a Vice-President of the EastWest Institute from July 2006 to December 2011, he played a leading role in the institute’s work with senior officials around the world on various aspects of cyber diplomacy, including in 2006 and 2007 on counter-terrorism and organized crime (in the framework of the G8). More recently, he was a leader of the Institute’s work on broader aspects of global governance for cybersecurity.

In 2003/04, Dr Austin led a team of 12 international specialists in a major review for the UK Cabinet Office and four other government departments on UK conflict prevention policies. His other posts have included:

  • Director of Research, Foreign Policy Centre, London
  • Associate Professor, Dept of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK
  • Asia Program Director, International Crisis Group, Brussels & Washington DC
  • Senior Lecturer, Australian National University
  • Ministerial Adviser, Australian Government
  • Section Head, Defence Intelligence Organization, Australia.

Dr Austin has several postgraduate degrees in international relations, including a Ph D and a Master’s degree in international law.


  • Greg Austin and Stuart Harris, Japan and Greater China–Political Economy and Military Power in the Asian Century, Hurst & Co, London and University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 2001, 356 pp
  • Greg Austin, China’s Ocean Frontier–International Law, Military Force and National Development, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1998, 430 pp
  • Greg Austin and Alexei Muraviev, Armed Forces of Russia East of the Urals, I.B. Tauris, New York, 2000, 385pp+xvii+maps+index [Personal Contribution: Principal author of six of ten chapters and overall coordination]
  • Greg Austin (ed.), Missile Diplomacy and Taiwan’s Future–Innovations in Politics and Military Power, Canberra Papers in Strategy and Defence, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, The Australian National University, 1997, 200 pp 
  • Yongjin Zhang and Greg Austin (eds.), Chinese Foreign Policy: Motivations, Power and Responsibility, Asia Pacific Press, Canberra, 2001.