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Editorial Review Board

Major General Mick Ryan AM is the Commander, Australian Defence College and Chair of the AJDSS Editorial Board. He has deep experience in the fields of national and military strategy; interagency and joint operations; command and leadership; professional military education, as well as a long-standing interest in organisational innovation and adaption. During his 30-year career in the Australian Defence Force, he has served in Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq; and with the Strategy and Policy Division of the Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell (PACC) on the US Joint Staff. Prior to his current role, he was Army's Director General Training and Doctrine, where he authored and implemented the Ryan Review. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, a graduate of the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting and holds a Masters in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on twitter @WarintheFuture.

Dr Ross Babbage is CEO of Strategic Forum Ltd. and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington, DC. During his 16 years with the Australian Public Service, Dr Babbage held several senior positions, such as Head of Strategic Analysis in the Office of National Assessments. He also led the branches in the Department of Defence responsible for ANZUS and then Force Development. He has worked at senior levels of the corporate sector and in academia, including as Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the ANU and serving on the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011.

Professor Toni Erskine is Professor of International Politics and Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University (ANU). She is also Editor of International Theory: A Journal of International Politics, Law, and Philosophy; Associate Fellow of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge; and one of the Chief Investigators for the 'Humanising Machine Intelligence' Grand Challenge at ANU. Her research interests include the moral agency and responsibility of formal organisations in world politics (such as states, transnational corporations and intergovernmental organisations); the ethics of war; the responsibility to protect ('R2P'); cosmopolitan theories and their critics; and new technologies in relation to organised violence (particularly with respect to artificial intelligence).

Professor Michael Evans is the General Sir Francis Hassett Chair of Military Studies at the Australian Defence College and a Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. Previously, he was Head of the Australian Army's Land Warfare Studies Centre at the Royal Military College - Duntroon, and he has served with Land Headquarters and the Directorate of Army Research and Analysis. Professor Evans graduated in war studies from the University of Rhodesia, gained his Masters from the University of London, and was awarded his Doctorate from the University of Western Australia. He has held numerous visiting fellowships including as Sir Alfred Beit Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King's College London.

During his RAN career, Rear Admiral James Goldrick AO, CSC, RAN (Rtd) commanded HMA Ships Cessnock and Sydney (twice); the Australian Surface Task Group and the multinational maritime interception force in the Persian Gulf in 2002; and Australia's interagency Border Protection Command from 2006-2008. He also held commands at the Australian Defence Force Academy and Australian Defence College. He is an Adjunct Professor at UNSW Canberra and at the ANU Strategic Defence Studies Centre, as well as a Professorial Fellow of the Australian Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong. He has published several books, including the award-winning Before Jutland (2015), and has contributed chapters and articles in numerous publications.

Dr Jade Guan is a lecturer in Strategic Studies at Deakin University and supports the Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) at the Australian War College. She is a China specialist with research interests in China's soft power and foreign policy, international politics of Northeast Asia, Chinese domestic politics and China in the Cold War. She received her PhD in International Relations at the Australian National University (ANU), where she taught at both under and post graduate levels in the disciplines of International Relations, Politics and Chinese Language.

Dr Ahmed Salah Hashim is Associate Professor in the Military Studies Programme at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, RSIS, and specialises in Strategic Studies. He received his BA in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, Great Britain and his MSc and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has worked extensively in the fields of Strategy and Policy dealing in particular with irregular war and counter-terrorism. He is the author of numerous books including forthcoming titles The Iranian Way of War: In the Service of Nation or Revolution? (Hurst and Company, 2019), Small Wars: Too Big to Ignore, (Hurst and Company, 2019) and God, Greed and Guns: State-Formation and Nation Building in Iraq, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020).

Dr Michael Hatherell is the convener of the Deakin University Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) program in the Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) at the Australian War College. His research interests include Indonesian politics, political representation and leadership, populism, the creation and manipulation of national narratives and their affect on foreign policy and national strategy. Prior to his current role, he taught and designed academic programs in strategic studies, security studies, international relations, political science, and Indonesian society and language at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Dr Frank Hoffman is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University (NDU). He is a retired US Marine infantry officer and former Pentagon analyst. He served for 40 years in the US Department of Defense, including two senior political appointments in the Department of the Navy and at the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In 2017, Dr Hoffman was Special Assistant for Strategic Matters to the US Secretary of Defense and served on the National Defense Strategy taskforce. His research portfolio includes US grand strategy, defense strategy, defense economics, and military innovation. He is a graduate of the Wharton Business School and the US Naval War College, and he holds a PhD in War Studies from King's College London.

Associate Professor David Martin Jones is Honorary Reader in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland and Visiting Professor and teaching fellow in War Studies at King's College London. He has taught at the National University of Singapore and the University of Tasmania; and is the associate editor of the University of Malaya's South East Asian Studies journal, JATI. His research interests include statecraft, terrorism and counterinsurgency, and South East Asia. A full list of his books, journal articles and mainstream media publications can be found at

Dr Alexey D. Muraviev is Associate Professor of National Security and Strategic Studies at Curtin University and founder and Director of its Strategic Flashlight forum on national security and strategy. An award-winning, strategic affairs analyst, Dr Muraviev has published widely on national and international security; and he is a regular media commentator on international and strategic affairs. His research interests include problems of modern maritime power, contemporary defence and strategic policy, Russia as a Pacific power and its strategic and defence policies, and Australian national security. He is a member of several expert editorial and advisory boards, and think tanks. In 2011, Alexey was the inaugural scholar-in-residence at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Dr Rory Paddock is a Teaching Fellow at the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College and a lead for the Advanced Command and Staff Course (Joint). He retired from the Royal New Zealand Air Force as Group Captain with his last posting as a Syndicate Director at the Australian Defence College. Dr Paddock holds a BSc in Social Science from the University of Ulster, a PGDip in Defence and Strategic Studies from Massey University, and a PhD in Economic and Social History from the University of Edinburgh. He is also an alumnus of the US Department of Defense Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.

Honorary Professor Brendan Sargeant is Honorary Professor, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Studies at the Australian National University. He retired from the Department of Defence in October 2017. From September 2013 to October 2017 he was the Associate Secretary of Defence. Prior to that appointment he was the Deputy Secretary Strategy. As Associate Secretary, he was responsible for oversight of the implementation of the First Principles Review, a major reform of Defence organisation and enterprise governance, planning, performance and risk management. He was principal author of the 2013 Defence White Paper.

Professor Peter Stanley of UNSW Canberra is one of Australia's most distinguished military historians. The author of over 35 books, he has published widely in the fields of Australian military history and latterly, the military history of British India. His 2010 book, Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny, Murder and the Australian Imperial Force was jointly awarded the Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History. He is General Editor of the Cambridge University Press Army History Series. He is presently on sabbatical in Britain working on books on the Santal rebellion (Bengal, 1855) and on the Falklands/Malvinas war of 1982, in collaboration with Argentine and Australian colleagues.

Dr Cathy Moloney is the Editor of the AJDSS and Academic Researcher for the Centre for Defence Research at the Australian Defence College. She has over a decade of academic experience in International Relations and National Security having held roles as a senior research assistant, lecturer, course convener and supervisor in International Security and International Relations at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She holds a PhD in Nuclear Policy and International Relations (Griffith University), Master of International Politics (1st Class, University of Melbourne) and a BA in International Relations (Griffith University).

Fiona Mackrell is the Managing Editor of the AJDSS and Publications and Research Officer at the Centre for Defence Research at the Australian Defence College.