William T. Tow

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William T. Tow is Professor and Head of the Department of International Relations at The Australian National University’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. His research interests are alliance security politics, Asia-Pacific regional security architectures and US security policy in that region. He has authored or edited more than 20 books, 10 working papers and over 100 journal articles/book chapters on various aspects of these subjects. He was editor of the Australian Journal of International Affairs (2001–06) and a member of the Australian–American Fulbright Commission’s Board of Directors (1992–97). He has been a Visiting Professor at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore (2008 and 2012), a visiting fellow at Stanford University (1999) and a visiting research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (1994). His recent research has been funded by the Australian Research Council, the MacArthur Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


20 January 2017

As Donald Trump’s administration comes to power in Washington, the postwar security policy of the US is undergoing a monumental transition.

1 October 2016

In this paper, six experts examine the South China Sea issue, and what role middle powers can play in helping ensure that the contest over disputed territory does not lead to conflict.

18 May 2016

Essays in honour of Paul Dibb, a noteable actor in public service, currently a Professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) at The Australian National University. 

23 September 2007

William Tow, of the Australian National University argues that the March 2007 Japan-Australia Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation was symbolic of one of two possibilities that Australia...

26 April 2007

The forthcoming Australian election will take place at a time when US foreign policy has become a major issue in the presidential election campaign in that country, writes William Tow.