James Cotton (Ph.D., London School of Economics) is professor of politics, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra. He was a graduate fellow at Princeton University and a language student at the Beijing Yuyan Xueyuan. He has held academic positions in Western Australia, Newcastle upon Tyne, Singapore, the Australian National University, and Tasmania. In 2001 he was Centennial Professor in International Relations and in the Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics, and in 2004 and in 2007 he was a visiting professor in the department of politics and public administration, University of Hong Kong. Between 1997 and 2003 he was a foundation member of the Foreign Minister’s Advisory Council convened by the foreign minister of Australia. In Fall 2009 he was the Wilson Center’s Australia Scholar. He is the co-editor, with John Ravenhill, of the four volume series Australia in World Affairs.