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Associate Professor, University of New South Wales

October 19th, 2010

Area of Expertise: Defense and Security, International Relations, Terrorism, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: Asia, Oceania
Languages: Chinese, English
Field of Work: Academia, Author/Novelist
City: Sydney
Country: Australia
Continent: Australia


Andrew Tan Andrew TanAndrew Tan is Associate Professor and Convenor for international studies at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. The author, editor or co-editor of 13 books published by leading academic publishers such as Routledge, Edward Elgar and Palgrave Macmillan, he specializes in the areas of defense, terrorism and insurgency, and has special expertise on Southeast Asia.

Prior to joining the University of New South Wales, he was a senior lecturer in defense studies, King’s College London, and was based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Watchfield, UK, where he taught defense studies as well as a range of defense studies courses to senior military commanders from the UK, NATO and the Commonwealth. He has also previously worked and researched at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies, Singapore, where he taught security analysts from the Asia-Pacific in the strategic studies program.

Born in Singapore, Professor Tan performed national service in the Singapore Armed Forces and joined Singapore’s Foreign Ministry. He then left for Australia to pursue an academic career and is today a naturalized Australian. He has spoken at many major international conferences and his advice on regional security issues has been sought after by governments, corporations, universities, research institutes and the media.

He is a prolific author who has established an international reputation through his research. His research articles and book reviews have appeared in leading academic journals, including Contemporary Security Policy, Contemporary Southeast Asia, International Affairs, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Defence Studies, Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, Harvard Asia Quarterly, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Asia-Pacific Review.

He has also written, edited or co-edited 13 books, including the following: US Strategy Against Global Terrorism: How it Evolved, Why it Failed and Where it is Headed (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), The Global Arms Trade (London: Routledge, 2010), A Handbook of Terrorism and Insurgency in Southeast Asia (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2007), The Politics of Maritime Power (London: Routledge, 2007), The Politics of Terrorism (London: Routledge, 2007), Security Perspectives of the Malay Archipelago: Security Linkages in the Second Front in the War on Terrorism (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2004), and A Political and Economic Dictionary of Southeast Asia (London: Europa / Taylor and Francis, 2004).

Professor Tan was educated in Singapore, Cambridge and Sydney, where he obtained his PhD. He is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (UK).

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