James Brown is the Research Director of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. A former Australian Army officer he commanded a cavalry troop in southern Iraq, served on the Australian taskforce headquarters in Baghdad, managed operations and contingency planning for Australia's Solomon Islands mission, and was attached to Special Forces in Afghanistan. Between 2010 and 2014 James was the Military Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy researching Australian defence and strategic policy. In 2015 he was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. A regular contributor to Australian and international media, his first book was the acclaimed Anzac's Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession (Black Inc, 2014).
James leads the US Studies Centre's policy-focused research programs. His personal research focuses on future challenges and opportunities for the US-Australia relationship.