Dr Elizabeth Buchanan

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Dr Elizabeth Buchanan

Project 6633 Co-Director, Modern War Institute at West Point Military Academy


Dr Elizabeth Buchanan is a 1st Sea Lord (1SL) Five Eyes Fellow for the Royal Navy. She is currently Head of Research for the Royal Australian Navy’s think tank – the Sea Power Centre. She is a Non-Resident Fellow of the Modern War Institute at West Point Military Academy, where she is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Project 6633. Dr Buchanan is an Expert Associate of the ANU National Security College, a core member of the U.S State Department George Marshall Centre in Germany. Dr Buchanan was previously Lecturer of Strategic Studies for the Defence and Strategic Studies Course at the Australian War College.

Dr Buchanan’s areas of expertise are polar geopolitics, contested commons and international security orders with a focus on Russian strategy.  Dr Buchanan completed her PhD on Russian Arctic strategy under Vladimir Putin in 2018 and holds an Honours degree in Russian-Ukrainian natural gas relations, she undertook Post-Doctoral studies as a Visiting Maritime Fellow at NATO’s Defense College where she examined High North security matters. Dr Buchanan has been a Visiting Scholar with The Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy unit and has commercial experience in the private oil sector.

Elizabeth has published widely on Russia and international security issues with Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, War on the Rocks, The Financial Review, The Australian, ASPI, Lowy, The Economist and Politico. Her scholarly publications include two books: Russian Energy Strategy in Asia (ANU Press), Red Arctic (The Brookings Institution) and various academic journal articles. Her forthcoming books are: How to Lose a Continent (Black Inc) and Contested Commons (Yale University Press).

Twitter:  @BuchananLiz
1-2 NOVEMBER 2023

Protective Security in Government Conference