Rodger Shanahan

Former Army officer with extensive Middle East academic qualifications and experience, including serving in the embassies in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. Currently focusing on Shi'a political development in the region, teaching Masters-level courses at ANU and acting as a part-time member on the Refugee Review Tribunal.
Working paper

Typology of terror - the backgrounds of Australian jihadis

In order to better understand what motivates Australian radical Islamists to join or support a terrorist group it is first necessary to get a better understanding of who they are. This working paper examines data sets from 173 Australian citizens and residents to paint a...

Charities and terrorism: Lessons from the Syrian crisis

One of the challenges faced by international security agencies is that individuals and groups have used the genuine humanitarian needs generated by the conflicts in Syria and Iraq to provide cover for foreign fighters and to raise funds to support terrorist groups. This is not...
Discussion paper

The debate papers: should Australia withdraw its military forces from the Middle East?

Rodger Shanahan and John Blaxland argue about whether Australia should maintain military operations in the Arabian Peninsula or focus on threats closer to home.

Foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq: the day after

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Research Fellow Dr Rodger Shanahan and Nonresident Fellow Lydia Khalil argue that an increasing number of foreign fighters are likely to leave Syria and Iraq in the coming months and years, especially after the collapse of Islamic State’s caliphate, exacerbating...

Iran has more at stake in Syria than America and its allies

Amid all the debate about what the West should or shouldn't do about the Syrian civil war, few if any commentators acknowledge the reality that the political outcome in Syria matters more to regional states than it does to the West.