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Honorary professor, Macquarie University

Dr Gill is Executive Director of the Center for China Analysis at the Asia Society Policy Institute, an honorary professor at Macquarie University, and a Senior Associate Fellow with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London. 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 200 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); China: The Balance Sheet (Public Affairs, 2006); and China Matters: Getting it Right for Australia (Black Inc., 2017), co-authored with Linda Jakobson. His most recent book, Daring to Struggle: China's Global Ambitions under Xi Jinping, was published by Oxford University Press in 2022.

Dr. Gill 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 the Journal of Contemporary China and Security Challenges, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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, for his services to Sweden.


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


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