Benjamin Reilly is a Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Western Australia. He was formerly Dean of the Sir Walter Murdoch School, and Director of the Centre for Democratic Institutions at the Australian National University (ANU). He has also worked with the Australian government, the United Nations and other international organisations, and held visiting appointments at Harvard, Oxford, and Johns Hopkins universities. He has authored or edited seven books and over 100 scholarly papers, and received financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the United States Institute of Peace, the East-West Centre, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Australian Research Council. He regularly contributes to and is quoted in national and international media including the New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Time Magazine. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the ANU.