Research

Independent Research Program (2020-Present)

 

My independent research program lies at the nexus of strategic studies, terrorism studies, and political economy. I communicate this via an Academia.edu public profile and a  Substack research newsletter.

 

My post PhD program focuses on two research problems that emerged from my PhD case study on Japan’s new religious movement Aum Shinrikyo. First, to develop strategies to counter nuclear blackmail by nation-states and violent non-state actors in the complex deterrence environment. Second, to better understand current and emerging political-economic and security crises, and to apply this knowledge in the domains of anti-money laundering and to counter terrorist financing.

 

PhD Dissertation: The Development of Strategic Culture in Terrorist Organisations (2011-2020)

My PhD dissertation at Australia’s Monash University (conferred on 29th April 2020) developed a new midrange, analytical theory of strategic subcultures. I sought to understand why certain terrorist organisations can persist, survive, and develop a counter-elite. My case study was Japan’s new religious movement Aum Shinrikyo. I used process tracing and new tests to examine three posited causal mechanisms: cultural transmission, social learning, and folklore. I have published original articles from this research in Contemporary Security Policy and M/C Journal. I have presented at the International Studies Association’s annual convention in Toronto, in 2014, and to the Australian International Political Economy Network’s 11th (2020), 12th (2022), and 13th (2023) Workshops.

 

Earlier Publications (1994-2015)

Prior to completing my PhD in 2020, I have published on a range of other subjects: the 2000 dotcom crash; the 2000 and 2004 United States presidential elections; the 11th September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States; interviews with United States design, media, and subculture figures; contemporary political and social issues in the United States and Australia; and strategies for grant applications and research program development.

 

Citations

I have a h-index of 10 and 573 citations to-date (Google Scholar, 30/01/2023).

 

Policy Expertise

I have policy expertise in counterterrorism, foreign policy, and internet regulation. I have tutored undergraduate units on Australian foreign policy, Australian politics, and critical perspectives on terrorism studies. I have also written  on Australian media; and defence and national security policy; Asia-Pacific security; United States-Australian discourses on the Global War on Terror as grand strategy; and contributed as a civilian researcher to United States debates on strategy formulation for irregular and unconventional warfare. I have country expertise in Australia, Japan, Singapore, and the United States of America.