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Dr Lavina Lee is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, Sydney. She is the author of the book US Hegemony and International Legitimacy: Norms Power and Followership in the Wars on Iraq (Routledge, 2010), and has published numerous articles, book chapters and commentary on Indian foreign and security policy, nuclear proliferation, US foreign policy, and security relations in the Indo-Pacific.  Her current research focuses on maritime security and strategy in the Indo-Pacific region, and nuclear proliferation in East Asia. She also periodically publishes opinion pieces in The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Hindustan Times, and the New Straits Times, as well as with specialist policy outlets such as The Lowy Interpreter and ASPI Strategist. Dr Lee has commerce and law degrees from the University of NSW, an MA in International Peace and Security from King’s College, University of London, and a PhD in International Relations from Sydney University. Prior to joining Macquarie University, Dr Lee was a political risk consultant with Control Risks Group. 

In June 2020, Dr Lee was appointed by the Australian Minister of Defence to the position of Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute Council, Canberra. This is a 3-year appointment.  

Research interests

• Strategic and foreign relations in the Indo-Pacific

• Indian foreign, security and nuclear policy

• The nuclear non-proliferation regime and nuclear disarmament

• The role of culture and norms in international relations

• Legitimacy and US hegemony

• International law on the use of force


IRPG831 International Security

IRPG857 International Law and Institutions

POL108 Introduction to Global Politics

IRPG838 Master of International Relations Internship

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in International Relations, University of Sydney


Award Date: 1 Aug 2007

Master of Arts in International Peace and Security, King's College London


Award Date: 1 Dec 2001

Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws, The University of New South Wales


Award Date: 1 Sep 1998

External positions

Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute Council, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

25 Jun 2020 → …

Director, Institute for Regional Security

2018Apr 2020


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