Bates Gill

Dr. Bates Gill (/beɪts gɪl/,[2] Chinese: 季北慈, born 1959) is an expert on Chinese foreign policy and a former Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).[3][4]

Dr Gill has a long record of research and publication on both international and regional security issues. These include arms control, non-proliferation, peacekeeping and military-technical development—and all mainly with regard to China and the Asia-Pacific region. In recent years his work has broadened to encompass other contemporary security-related trends including multilateral security organizations, the impact of domestic politics and development on the foreign policies of states, and the nexus of public health and security. Currently his work focuses on Chinese foreign and security policy, U.S.-China relations, and the U.S. role in Asia.

Bates Gill
United States[1]
OccupationPolitical analyst, author
Nationality United States
EducationB.A. Political Science, Albion College, Michigan[1]
M.A. Foreign Affairs, Ph.D., University of Virginia, Charlottesville[1]


Gill received his Ph.D in Foreign Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville in 1991.[1][5] His thesis investigated the relationship between Chinese arms transfers and the country's foreign policy, and was entitled "Fire of the Dragon: Arms Transfers in Chinese Security Policy".[6] He received his B.A from Albion College, Michigan with a double major in Political Science and French.[1] He speaks, reads and writes Chinese, English, and French.[4]

Professional life

Dr Bates Gill has a 30-year international career as an educator, scholar, and policy advisor. An academically-trained and internationally respected China specialist, he has led a global top-ten think tank and held academic and research positions at world-leading universities and public policy research institutions in the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific.

He is currently a professor affiliated with the Department of Security Studies at Macquarie University and the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at Australian National University. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (2012-2015). Prior to this, he was Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)(2007-2012). Before being named SIPRI Director in 2007, Gill held the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. from 2002.[7] He served as a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and inaugural Director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies[7][8] at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., from 1998 to 2002.

Before his work at Brookings, Dr. Gill's previous assignments included directing the East Asia programmes at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies,[8] in Monterey, California. He also held the Fei Yiming Chair in Comparative Politics[8] at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Chinese and American Studies, at Nanjing University in China. For his work with Johns Hopkins University and his subsequent accomplishments, he was inducted to the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars in 2007. In 2013, he received the Royal Order of the Commander of the Polar Star, the highest chivalric order a foreigner can receive in Sweden. It was bestowed by His Highness the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf for Gill's service to Sweden.

Selected works


Dr. Gill is author, co-author or editor of nine books:

  • China Matters: Getting it Right for Australia (Black Inc./Latrobe University Press, 2017), co-authored with Linda Jakobson
  • Governing the Bomb: Civilian Control and Democratic Accountability of Nuclear Weapons (Oxford University Press, 2010), co-edited with Hans Born and Heiner Hänggi
  • Asia's New Multilateralism: Cooperation, Competition, and the Search for Community (Columbia University Press, 2009), co-edited with Michael J. Green
  • Rising Star: China's New Security Diplomacy (Brookings Institution Press, 2007, revised edition in 2010, published in Japanese in 2014)
  • China: The Balance Sheet: What the World Needs to Know Now about the Emerging Superpower (PublicAffairs, 2006), co-authored with C. Fred Bergsten, Nicholas Lardy, and Derek Mitchell
  • Weathering the Storm: Taiwan, Its Neighbors and the Asian Financial Crisis (Brookings Institution Press, 2000), co-edited with Peter Chow
  • China’s Arms Acquisitions from Abroad: A Quest for ‘Superb and Secret Weapons’ (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995), co-authored with Taeho Kim
  • Arms, Transparency and Security in Southeast Asia (Oxford University Press, 1997), co-edited with J. N. Mak
  • Chinese Arms Transfers (Praeger Publishers, 1992)

He was also the publisher of the SIPRI Yearbook during his tenure as SIPRI Director.

Professional Affiliations

Current affiliations

  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member, International Advisory Council, Shanghai Institutes of International Studies
  • Member, Board of Directors, Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University
  • Associate Fellow, Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, London)
  • Associate Fellow, Pacific Forum CSIS (Honolulu)
  • Member, Editorial Board, China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, and Security Challenges

Past affiliations

  • Board member, Feris Foundation of America
  • Board member, Geneva Centre for Security Policy
  • Board member, Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces
  • Board member, ISIS-Europe
  • Board member, China-Merck AIDS Partnership
  • Member, Asia Society Policy Advisory Board
  • Member, International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Member, Board of Directors, China Matters Ltd (Sydney)

Personal life

Bates Gill has been married to Dr. Sarah Palmer, a virologist, since 1986. In addition to the United States, they have lived and worked for lengthy periods in Australia, China, Switzerland, Sweden, and Taiwan, and visited over 60 countries for professional and personal travel. He plays harmonica and sings for the Batesville Blues Band, a group formed among friends more than 30 years ago in Batesville, Virginia, south of Charlottesville, and which holds annual reunion appearances in the United States including (most recently) in Missoula, Montana (2018), Cashiers, North Carolina (2017), Franconia, New Hampshire (2016), and Charlottesville, Virginia (2015). Since 2013, you will find him most weekends playing baseball for the North Sydney Bears.


  1. ^ a b c d e Dr Bates Gill is the new CEO for the US Studies Centre Foreign Affairs 28 March 2012
  2. ^ Reconciling Communist Modernity in China NPR 19 April 2006
  3. ^ "Bates Gill new SIPRI Director". Swedish Government Offices; Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  4. ^ a b "Biography: Dr. Bates Gill - Site". SIPRI. Archived from the original on 27 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
  5. ^ "Dr. Bates Gill". Strategic Studies Institute. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  6. ^ "Scientific Commons: Fire of the dragon :--arms transfers in Chinese security policy /--Robert Bates Gill. (1991) [Gill, Bates]". Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  7. ^ a b "BATES GILL". US-China Economic Review Commission. Archived from the original on 20 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
  8. ^ a b c "Bates Gill Named Director Of New Brookings Center On Northeast Asia Policy Studies". The Brookings Institution. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2008-08-18.

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