The ANU College of Asia & the Pacific is proud to announce Professor John Blaxland as the new ANU Southeast Asia Institute Director. Professor Blaxland is the Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at ANU. He is a former Director Joint Intelligence Operations, at Headquarters Joint Operations Command and was Australia’s Defence Attaché to Thailand and Myanmar. John is also a member of the ANU Academic Board as well as the Australian Army Journal editorial board.
In accepting his appointment, John commented that, “Australians tend to fly over Southeast Asia, both metaphorically and physically, when engaging with the world. China matters, India matters, but for Australia, most people do not realise that Southeast Asia matters enormously and some of the best scholarship on Southeast Asian matters resides here at the ANU.
“I am honoured to be appointed Director of the ANU Southeast Asia Institute. Our current membership stretches across much of the campus, where Southeast Asian scholarship is explored, including anthropology, linguistics, politics, security studies and beyond.”
Professor Blaxland expressed his gratitude to outgoing ANU Southeast Asia Institute Director Professor Robert Cribb for his outstanding service and commitment to the Institute. Professor Cribb’s dedication to furthering Southeast Asian studies has cemented the University’s position as the preeminent institution for understanding Southeast Asia in Australia.
Professor Blaxland looks forward to consolidating the University’s critical mass of scholarship on Southeast Asia and promoting the understanding of this important region.