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Nick Bisley

Editor of the Australian Journal of International Affairs

nbisleyNick Bisley is Professor of International Relations and Convenor of the Politics and International Relations Program  at the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University. He is committed to upholding the proud tradition of the AJIA as a forum for the highest quality of debate about Australia’s role in the world.His research and teaching expertise is in the international relations of the Asia-Pacific, globalisation and the diplomacy of great powers. In 2009-10 he was a Senior Research Associate of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, in 2012 is a Visiting Fellow at the East West-Center in Washington DC and is a member of the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. Nick is the author of many works on international relations, including Great Powers in the Changing International Order(Lynne Rienner, 2012), Building Asia’s Security (IISS/Routledge, 2009, Adelphi No. 408) and Rethinking Globalization (Palgrave, 2007). He regularly contributes to national and international media including The Age, the ABC, and al-Jazeera.


BA (Hons) Melbourne, MSc Econ (London School of Economics), PhD (London School of Economics)

Research interests

  • International Relations
  • Diplomacy
  • Globalization
  • International relations of the Asia-Pacific
  • International relations of the great powers
  • International security
  • Regionalism

Recent publications

  • Bisley, N (2012), Great Powers in the Changing International Order Lynne Rienner.
  • Bisley, N (2012) ‘China’s Rise and the Making of East Asia’s Security Architecture’ in Journal of Contemporary China 21.73, pp. 19-34.
  • Bisley, N (2011) ‘Asia’s Transformation, International Relations and Public Policy’ in Australian Journal of International Affairs 65.1, pp. 102-08.
  • Bisley N, (2011), ‘Biding and Hiding No Longer: A More Assertive China Rattles the Region‘ in Global Asia 6.4, 2011, pp. 62-73
  • Beeson, M and Bisley, N (eds), 2010, Issues in 21st Century World Politics, Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • Bisley, N 2010, ‘Global Power Shift: The Decline of the West and the Rise of the Rest?’, in Mark Beeson and Nick Bisley (eds), Issues in 21st Century World Politics, Palgrave-Macmillan, pp 66-80.
  • Bisley, N 2009, Building Asia’s Security, Routledge and International Institute for Strategic Studies, Adelphi No. 408.
  • Bisley, N 2009, ‘Geopolitical Shifts in Australia’s Region: Toward 2030’, Security Challenges 5(1): 15-36.
  • Bisley, N 2008, ‘Securing the “Anchor of Regional Stability”? The Transformation of the US-Japan Alliance and East Asian Security’, Contemporary Southeast Asia, 30(1): 73-98.
  • Bisley, N 2008, ‘The Japan-Australia Security Declaration and the Changing Regional Setting: Wheels, Webs and beyond?’, Australian Journal of International Affairs, 62(1): 38-52.
  • Bisley, N 2008, ‘East Asia’s Changing Regional Architecture: Towards an East Asian Economic Community’, Pacific Affairs, 80(4): 603-626.
  • Bisley, N 2008, ‘Great Powers in the International System: Between Multilateralism and Unilateralism’, in Craig A Snyder (ed.), Contemporary Security and Strategy, Palgrave-Macmillan, pp 210-27.
  • Bisley, N 2007, ‘The Cold War’, in Richard Devetak, Jim George and Anthony Burke (eds), An Introduction to International Relations, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Bisley, N 2007, Rethinking Globalization, Palgrave-Macmillan.