Dr Richard Tanter

University Professorial Fellow

Richard Tanter is Professor in the School of Political and Social Studies at the University of Melbourne. From 2004 – 2010 he was Professor of International Relations in the Research and Innovation Portfolio, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and Director of Nautilus Institute in Australia, where he coordinated Austral Peace and Security Net, the Australian Forces Abroad briefing book series (including Australian Bases Abroad and Australian Defence Facilities), and the Climate Change and Reframing Australia-Indonesia Security project.

Richard has worked on peace, security and environment issues in East and Southeast Asia as analyst, policy advocate and activist since the 1970s. His research has focused on militarisation and peace issues in Indonesia, Korea and Japan, as well as the wider politics of East and Southeast Asia.

In East Asia he has written on questions of Japanese security policy, its intersection with US policy and relations with China, the issues of Japanese missile defence and electronic intelligence capabilities, and the possibilities of Japanese acquisition of nuclear weapons. More recently he has been working with Nautilus colleagues and research partners on theoretical and policy aspects of nuclear extended deterrence in East Asia and the Pacific; nuclear energy issues in East and Southeast Asia; and Australian defence and foreign policy.

Reasearch Areas

  • Fukushima
  • Nuclear power issues in east and Southeast Asia (esp. Indonesia)
  • Japanese politics
  • US/joint military and intelligence facilities in Australia
  • US East Asian strategic developments and China (and Australian implications)
  • Australian defence policy
  • Australian deployment in Afghanistan

Link to Research Publications

Dr Richard Tanter


T: +61 (0) 40 7824336
E: rtanter@nautilus.org

Melbourne, Vic