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Dr Elizabeth Buchanan

Dr Elizabeth Buchanan

Lecturer in Strategic Studies | Deakin University | Australia Academic Adviser | Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) | Australian War College Non Resident Fellow | Modern War Institute |United States Military Academy West Point

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Dr Elizabeth Buchanan is an Australian polar geopolitics expert.

Her research interests include Arctic and Antarctic geopolitics, energy security, Russian grand strategy, and strategic studies. Dr Buchanan is Lecturer of Strategic Studies with Deakin University for the Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) at the Australian War College. Elizabeth is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point Military Academy. In this role she contributes to the U.S-Australian military dialogue focusing on polar geopolitics. She is the inaugural Co-Director of the Modern War Institute’s Polar Security Research Initiative - Project 6633.  

Dr. Buchanan holds a Ph.D. in Russian Arctic strategy from the Australian National University. Elizabeth was the Visiting Maritime Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome focusing on Arctic geopolitics. Dr Buchanan is a polar contributor for Janes Intelligence Review on security affairs.  She has published widely on polar geopolitics most recently with the NATO Defence College, International Affairs, The National Interest, War on the Rocks, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Australian, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Lowy Institute.  

Dr Buchanan has been a Visiting Scholar with The Brookings Institution and has work experience in the global oil sector. She is an Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) Early Career Research Awardee and has presented evidence to the US Congress.  Dr Buchanan has two forthcoming books: Russian Energy Strategy in Asia (ANU Press) and Russian Arctic Strategy under Putin (The Brookings Institution Press).  

Dr Buchanan is leading a research grant with the Australian Army Research Centre on Hybrid Warfare. She is part of the Arctic Hybrid Threats research group at European Centre for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE, Finland). Recently, Elizabeth was awarded an EU Parliament Commission grant to explore EU strategy in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Dr Buchanan is research lead for a US State Department/US Embassy Australia Antarctic security project. Elizabeth is the 2021-2022 Australian Parliament Fellow examining Antarctic geopolitics.