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Director, China and Asia Security Programme, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and, University of Sydney

Dr. Yuan specializes in Asia-Pacific security, Chinese defence and foreign policy, and global and regional arms control and non-proliferation issues. A graduate of the Xi'an Foreign Language University, People's Republic of China (1982), he received his Ph.D. in political science from Queen's University in 1995 and has had research and teaching appointments at Queen's University, York University, the University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia, where he was a recipient of the prestigious Iaazk Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. He is the co-author of China and India: Cooperation or Conflict? (Boulder and London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2003) and his publications have appeared in Asian Survey, Contemporary Security Studies, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Hindu, Japan Times, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Nonproliferation Review, South China Morning Post, Washington Quarterly, among others. He is currently working on a book manuscript on post-Cold War Chinese security policy. His latest publication is Engaging China: How Australia can lead the way again (Sydney University Press, 2023).


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Asia-Pacific security, University of Sydney