PhD National Security College, Australian National University (2018-2022)
Advanced Masters of National Security Policy, Australian National University (2016-2017)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), majoring in History and Politics, University College Dublin (2013-2016).
Alexander Lee received his PhD from the National Security College at the Australian National University in December 2022. His doctoral thesis investigated the controversial relationship between the Liberal Party of Australia and violent Croatian nationalists between the years 1952 and 1972. The threat posed by these nationalists led to some of Australia’s earliest anti-terrorism legislation and has important parallels with contemporary issues.
Alexander has a diverse range of research interests focusing on Australian security policies in the twentieth century. His academic output includes research on the formation of the Australian army, Australia in the Second World War and the Cold War threats to Australia’s domestic and international security. He has been able to connect these historical security threats to more modern concerns and has discussed these connections on radio and in newspapers.
Alexander has taught at the National Security College and the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre where has taught students and practitioners. In 2023 he joined the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre at ANU as a Senior Researcher.
You can follow him on Twitter @alexmitchelllee
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Ever since the 1960s there have been consistent allegations that the Liberal Party of Australia supported violent Croatian nationalist groups in Australia. To what extent this is true is the central question of Alexander Lee’s thesis.
Conservatives Divided: Defending Rhodesia Against Malcolm Fraser 1976-1978 in the Australian Journal of Politics and History.
‘What the Boers Did Australia Can Do, and Do Ten Times Better’: The Impact of the Boers on Australian Defence Policy in the International History Review.
The Portuguese Empire: Australia’s Forward Defence from 1961-1972 in the Australian Journal of Politics and History.
Consequences of failure: How France’s rejection of the Franco-British union undermined Australian wartime security in War in History.
Avoiding Japanese Intervention in New Caledonia: June and July 1940 in the Journal of Pacific History.
Biting the ‘cherry of detachment’: Agaléga’s Cold War decolonisation in the International History Review.
Protecting Australia’s soft underbelly: defending the Illawarra 1939–1944 in History Australia.
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