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The Institute for Regional Security

Research Committee 

IFRS in an approved Research Institute. Donations to our Research Program are tax deductable. 

The Research Committee's role is to:

  • Evaluate the merits of proposed research and make recommendations to the IFRS Board regarding research priorities;
  • Monitor the quality of IFRS research activities, ensuring the work undertaken is scientific in nature and is, or may prove to be, of value to Australia;
  • Administer the Research Fund;

The Research Committee

Our Research Committee is comprised of individuals with extensive experience in producing high quality research, policy analysis and policy recommendations aligned to national security. 

 Brett Biddington, AM (Chair)  

Brett Biddington consults to governments and the private sector on space matters and has more general interests in community resilience, notably in the electronic and communications and cyberspace domains. He maintains strong linkages to all elements of the Australian space community including the national security, space science, astronomy and education sectors. Previously he was a member of the Cisco Systems Space Team, in the vanguard of activities which are transforming global space communications and before that was an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force specialising in intelligence, security and capability development.


 Michael Wesley  

Michael Wesley is Professor of National Security and Director of the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. His career has spanned academia, with previous appointments at the University of New South Wales, Griffith University, the University of Hong Kong, Sun Yat-sen University and the University of Sydney; government, where he worked as Assistant Director General for Transnational Issues at the Office of National Assessments; and think tanks, in which he was Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Professor Wesley has also served as the Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of International Affairs, a Trustee of the Queensland Art Gallery and a Board Member of the Australia Television Network. He is a Non-Executive Member of the Senior Leadership Group of the Australian Federal Police and a Director of the Institute For Regional Security. His most recent book, There Goes the Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia, won the 2011 John Button Prize for the best writing on Australian public policy.


 John Lee  

Dr John Lee is an Adjunct Associate Professor and Michael Hintze Fellow at the Centre for International Security Studies, Sydney University and also a non-resident senior scholar at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC. He is an internationally recognised expert in the Chinese political-economy, and the foreign policies of China, countries in Southeast Asia, Australia and America. His recent work include strategic futures in Asia, and scenario outlook and strategic planning for Australia and America. He received his Masters and Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford. He was appointed to the Advisory Committee to the Special Broadcasting Corporation (SBS) Board in 2013


 Peter Nicholson AO  

Former senior Air Force officer who has held several operational commands and strategic level joint staff appointments. He has commanded the RAAF combat force, served as the Head of Strategic Policy and Plans, and as the Chief Knowledge Officer of the Department of Defence.




 Edward Morgan  

Dr Edward Morgan is Manager of the Defence Industry Unit for the Government of Victoria.

He was most recently in Strategic Policy Division in the Department of Defence, where he spent five years working in capability analysis, strategic reform, and military strategy.

Before joining Defence, he was an academic with the positions of Associate Dean at Ormond College, the University of Melbourne and with the Australian Research Council at the Australian Catholic University. A graduate of the University of Melbourne, he completed his postgraduate studies (MPhil, PhD) at the University of Cambridge, UK, where he fostered his interest in strategic and international affairs alongside his doctoral studies.


 Craig Valli, AO  


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