WASHINGTON--- The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars today announced the appointment of Dr. S. Javed Maswood as the Wilson Center's inaugural Australian Scholar. Maswood will spend four months in residence at the Wilson Center, beginning in February 2007, carrying out research and writing on a project titled Cairns Group and the G20 in Trade Negotiations: A Comparative Analysis.

Dr. Maswood is currently associate professor and deputy head of the department of international business and Asian studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, where he teaches courses in international political economy. He has published several books on Japanese politics and on the political economy of globalization. His most recent book, The South in International Economic Regimes: Whose Globalization?, was published earlier this year by Macmillan. Dr. Maswood holds a Ph.D. in political science from Canada's Carleton University.

Maswood's research project compares the negotiating strategies of the Cairns Group in the Uruguay Round of GATT and the G20 in the Doha Development Round of WTO. As the world's principal economies wrestle with the task of updating the rules and regulations governing trade and other economic activity in a rapidly globalizing world, this research could not be more timely.

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.