John Lee

Senior Fellow of United States Studies Centre, Sydney University / Hudson Institute

    Professor John Lee is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC and a Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.From 2016-2018, he was senior national security adviser to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. In this role, he served as the principal adviser on Asia and for economic, strategic and political affairs in the Indo-Pacific region and was her principal speechwriter for Indo-Pacific affairs.

    Prof. Lee was also appointed the Foreign Minister’s lead adviser on the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, the first comprehensive foreign affairs blueprint for Australia since 2003 and written to guide Australia’s external engagement for the next ten years and beyond. He has held adjunct professorships at the Australian National University and University of Sydney. He is one of the foremost experts on the Chinese political-economy and on strategic and economic affairs pertaining to the Indo-Pacific.

    His articles have been published in leading policy and academic journals in the United States, Asia and Australia and is the author of several books and monographs on economic and strategic affairs in the region. His opinions have been published in over 50 major newspapers and current affairs magazines around the world, including in leading titles in the United States, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Oceania.

    He received his Masters and Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford and his Bachelor of Laws and Arts (1st Class – Philosophy) degrees from the University of New South Wales.

    Prof. Lee is based in Sydney, Australia.