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Dr Elizabeth Buchanan

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer, Strategic Studies

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SHSS Arts & Education

Campus

Canberra - Centre for Defence

Biography

Elizabeth is Lecturer of Strategic Studies with Deakin University for the Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) at the Australian War College (Australian Defence’s Senior Officer/1 Star – Course) and a Fellow of the Modern War Institute at West Point. Dr. Buchanan holds a Ph.D. in Russian Arctic strategy from the Australian National University and was recently the Visiting Maritime Fellow at the NATO Defense College. Dr Elizabeth Buchanan is co-Managing Editor of the Institute for Regional Security’s Security Challenges journal - Australia’s sole academic journal for the study of future security issues.    She has published widely on polar geopolitics most recently with the NATO Defence College, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Australian, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Lowy Institute. Elizabeth has been a Visiting Scholar with The Brookings Institution and has work experience in the global oil sector. She is an Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) Early Career Research Awardee and in 2019 Dr Buchanan was listed as a ‘Young Woman to Watch in International Affairs’. Experiences also include a recent discussion she moderated with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, during an official visit to Australia. She has two forthcoming books: Russian Energy Strategy in Asia (ANU Press) and Russian Arctic Strategy under Putin (The Brookings Institution Press).

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Biography summary

Elizabeth is Lecturer of Strategic Studies with Deakin University for the Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) at the Australian War College (Australian Defence’s Senior Officer/1 Star – Course) and a Fellow of the Modern War Institute at West Point. 

Career highlights

Selected to Chair and moderate a public lecture and discussion with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in 2019. This was the Secretary General's sole pubic engagement during the 2019 Australian trip. 

First book published by The Brookings Institution Press - a leading policy think tank in Washington.

Visiting Maritime Fellowship held post-PhD at the NATO Defense College, Rome. 

Research interests

Russian Polar Strategy

Russian foreign energy policy

Affiliations

Fellow, Modern War Institute, West Point Military Academy 

Project Member, Arctic Hybrid Threats, European Centre for Countering Hybrid Threats

Visiting Fellow, Centre for European Studies, The Australian National University

Women in International Security (WIIS)

The Institute for Regional Security, Australia 

Teaching interests

Russian Foreign Policy

Energy Security

International Relations 

International Theory (Neoclassical Realism)

Arctic and Antarctic politics

Units taught

DSSC Strategic Competition

Knowledge areas

Russian Arctic & Antarctic Strategy

Polar Geopolitics 

Russian foreign energy strategy

Strategic Studies

Neoclassical Realism

Expertise

Polar (Arctic and Antarctic) geopolitics; Russian foreign energy strategy.
  • Security

Media appearances

ABC Radio - Light Night Live

The Australian

Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) War in 2035 Conference

ABC Radio - The Signal

Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) - Podcast Series

Projects

Comparative study of Russian Arctic and Antarctic strategies under Vladimir Putin

Russian Arctic Strategy - European Centre for Countering Hybrid Threats Project

Australian Antarctic Strategy 

US-Australia Alliance in Antarctica

Russia's Asia-Pacific enregy strategy: implications for Australia