Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies, Macquarie University

Dr Gill is a professor of Asia Pacific security studies affiliated with Macquarie University and Australian National University. From 2012 to 2015 Dr. Gill was Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He was previously Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an independent think tank recognized as one of the world’s top ten research institutes in international affairs. In August and September 2016 he held the Kippenberger Chair in Strategic Studies at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Before joining SIPRI, Dr. Gill held the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C (2002-2007) and previously 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). He also held the Fei Yiming Professorship at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Chinese and American Studies, Nanjing, China.

Among his more than 160 publications, he is author, co-author, or co-editor of seven books, including: Governing the Bomb: Civilian Control and Democratic Accountability of Nuclear Weapons (Oxford University Press, 2010); Asia’s New Multilateralism (Columbia University Press, 2009); Rising Star: China’s New Security Diplomacy (Brookings, 2007; revised edition 2010; republished in Japanese 2014); and China: The Balance Sheet (Public Affairs, 2006). His most recent book, published in 2017 and co-authored with Linda Jakobson, is China Matters: Getting it Right for Australia.

Dr. Gill is a Director of China Matters, a Sydney-based public policy initiative. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore) and is a member of the International Board of Advisors for the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies. He is on the Editorial Board of China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, and Security Challenges.

Dr. Gill received his Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia. In 2013, he received the Royal Order of the Commander of the Polar Star, the highest award bestowed on foreigners by the Swedish monarch.


  • 2017–present
    Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies, Macquarie


Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star (post-nominal: KNO; Sweden)