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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. 

Research interests

• The nuclear non-proliferation regime and nuclear disarmament

• Indian foreign, security and nuclear policy

• Strategic and foreign relations in the Indo-Pacific

• The role of culture and norms in international relations

• Legitimacy and US hegemony

• International law on the use of force

• International security


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


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


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


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Research Outputs

Open Access
  • Countering China's grand narratives

    Lee, L. & Lee, J., 10 Apr 2020, In : The American Interest.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Democracy promotion: ANZUS and the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy

    Lee, L., Jul 2019, Sydney, Australia: United States Studies Centre. 21 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • Global alies: comparing US alliances in the 21st century

    Lee, L., 2018, In : RUSI Journal. 163, 2, p. 107-108 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition review

  • Press / Media

    Push India towards the Quad to deter China

    Lavina Lee


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Chinese Bank on a charm offensive

    Lavina Lee & John Lee


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Neighbours will take China road if we are not careful

    Lavina Lee


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment