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Alexander Lee



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).

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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

PhD programme

National Security Policy

Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

'They Seem Like a Good Bunch': Liberal Party Support for Violent Croatian Nationalism in Australia 1949-1972

Topic description

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.


Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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