WASHINGTON-- The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars today announced the appointment of Greg Sheridan as a Wilson Center Australian Scholar. Sheridan will spend two months in residence at the Wilson Center, beginning in December 2007, working on a research project examining the U.S.-Australia partnership.

Mr. Sheridan is currently foreign editor of the Australian, having served earlier as that paper's correspondent in Beijing and Washington. He is the author of five books, most recently The Partnership, the inside story of the US-Australian alliance under Bush and Howard (University of New South Wales Press, 2006). He is a frequent commentator on Australian and international radio and television, and his articles have appeared in newspapers around the world. He is a founding member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.

Sheridan's research project at the Wilson Center will explore the U.S.-Australian relationship through three lenses:

Asian regional security and economic architecture
Alliance mechanisms
Strategic challenges facing the bilateral partnership

The central question underlying his project will be whether the closeness of the relationship under John Howard and George W. Bush is permanent, or is likely to fade once these two leaders retire.

Mr. Sheridan's appointment follows the appointment earlier this year of Dr. Javed Maswood of Griffith University in Brisbane as the Wilson Center's inaugural Australian Scholar.

The Australian Scholar program is the centerpoint of the Woodrow Wilson Center's enhanced emphasis on Australia and U.S.-Australian relations. This scholarship competition is open to men and women currently residing in Australia, or of Australian citizenship. Applications are accepted from individuals in academia, business, journalism, government, law, and related professions. Candidates must be currently pursuing research on key public policy issues facing Australia, including U.S.-Australian relations and East Asian political, security, and economic issues.

Successful applicants will spend 2-4 months in residence at the Wilson Center, where they will carry out advanced, policy-oriented research and writing designed to bridge the gap between the academic and policy communities. Additional information on the Australian Scholar program may be found here.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds and engaged in the study of national and world affairs.